The soldier was seen in a viral video pouring dirty water on a fully kitted corps member.
The video sparked outrage on social media, with many Nigerians sharing personal accounts of military brutality.
The officer had been identified, according to Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, in a statement released Thursday night.
He also expressed regret to the corps member’s family.
“The Nigerian Army (NA) has taken note of a video clip currently circulating on social media in which a female officer is seen dehumanising a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in Calabar, Cross River State.”
“Not only is this act condemnable, but it is also unprofessional and goes against established NA discipline precepts. The NA has unquestionably been the nation’s pride, a symbol of national unity that has consistently been at the forefront of citizenry respect for fundamental human rights. The NA condemns this unimaginable level of an infraction by a member of its ranks based on this premise.
“As a result, the NA strongly condemns this act of gross misconduct. The officer’s actions have undoubtedly caused the NA great embarrassment and are deeply regrettable. This heinous act of indiscipline does not reflect the NA in any way and will not be tolerated in its entirety.
“For the record, the heinous incident occurred in Calabar’s 13 Brigade. The Brigade Commander launched an investigation right away, and the officer involved was identified and sanctioned in the interim and would be subjected to regimental orders (trial) in accordance with the Armed Forces Act’s current provisions. As a result, the Brigade’s attempt to hide the truth was deceptive, as the NA remains a professional force with zero tolerance for indiscipline among its members.
“The NA wishes to reaffirm and reassure the general public that such infractions by its personnel will not be tolerated.
“The NA also assures citizens that their rights are sacred and must be respected by all NA personnel, as any form of infraction will be severely punished.
“As a result, the general public is urged to continue reporting such violations, as Human Rights Desks have been established in all NA formations to deal decisively with such erring personnel.
“The NA also wishes to express its sincere regret to the victim, her family, friends, the National Youth Service Corps, and Nigerians in general for the unfit treatment meted out to the Corps member.