A Lance Corporal with the Nigerian Army, Harrison Friday, who supported Nigerian youths protesting against the excesses of the police unit called Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has been arrested by the military authorities who accused him of cybercrime.
Friday had recorded a video where he appealed to his colleagues not to take orders that would harm civilians, insisting that they were fighting for the good of every Nigerian, including the military personnel.
In the video where he masked himself, the young soldier had said:
“My advice goes to every fellow soldier, you guys should not be fooled or used; we are the youths. The fight of every civilian is our fight.
My advice goes to the new people in the system, I’m talking about 19 and 20 NA. For this struggle they will deploy you. I’m hearing rumours that they want to deploy some soldiers to scare the protesters.
Remember, if you people are deployed, if you take an unlawful order and your fire and you fire a civilian, people you are firing, remember the bullet may go and hit your brother or your sister.
Remember that the fighting that these people are fighting is our fight. If Nigeria is ok, nobody will fly out of the country. Soldiers have run away from this job, some to Dubai, seeking for greener pastures.
If every soldier is well paid, every civilian is well paid. Nobody will leave the country.”
However, the Army, in a tweet on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, said Friday has been hiding ‘behind the mask to commit cybercrimes,’ adding that the soldier’s arrest is part of operation Crocodile Smile.
The hooded soldier has been apprehended pic.twitter.com/XIW1NvaW5L
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) October 21, 2020