Earlier today, it was reported that a Nigerian soldier whose name was not disclosed, brutally attacked an innocent woman, Ruth Orji, who confronted him for slapping her brother for no reason in Ikorodu, Lagos.
The event which was reported to have taken place on Sunday, March 12, has caused a lot of uproar on the internet immediately the pictures went viral. However, in a new development the lady is demanding for the sum of N250m from the Nigerian Army.
According to the Joint Legal Action Aids (JLAA), the rights group representing her, revealed that their client is optimistic she will get justice in court.
Punch reports that the General Counsel of the JLAA, Kingsley Ughe, confirmed that he filed the case on her behalf at a Federal High Court in Lagos, saying:
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“We have today filed a legal process at the Federal High Court against the Nigerian Army and her assailants to assert her right and demand for N250m compensation. We have a similar action already against the Nigerian Army in the case of Ebere Sandra Ohakwe, the actress brutalized and dehumanized by soldiers in Port Harcourt.”
He expressed the hope that beyond getting justice for the victims of military brutality, the cases would help check the rising cases of degradation of civilians.
He said: “We are using her case and that of Ebere Ohakwe to send a message to lawless elements within the military that the days of impunity and degradation of the Nigerian people is over. We have a binding precedent in the case of Rosemary Okeke who suffered a similar fate and got justice through the court system. We are very confident of the unassailable nature of the cases and the evidence therein, these two cases will change our legal landscape to the extent that the rights of the Nigerian will once again be placed on the front burner and the courts will have opportunity to adjudicate on it.”
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