The Nigerian Airforce, yesterday, confirmed that the two cadets that were accosted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state in Ketu area of Lagos, Wednesday, while manhandling an artisan, who allegedly broke their car windscreen, were its personnel.
Consequently, it vowed to carry out disciplinary measures against the airmen identified as Cadets Peters O. Solomon and Abdullahi Fahad, whenever the Police released them.
They were alleged to have beaten an artisan identified as Dahiru Lawal to a pulp for breaking their car windscreen, locking him up inside the boot of the car, a Chrysler Stratus with registration number KRD 267 DV, when the governor’s convoy showed up.
As at yesterday, the suspects were said to be at the Police headquarters, Ikeja, following their arrest.
But the Police kept mum on the outcome of their investigation when asked. The command’s image maker, Joe Offor, simply said he was unaware of the incident , when contacted on phone.
But the NAF in a statement issued yesterday in Lagos and signed by the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Muhammed, stated that the personnels conduct was contrary to ethics of the NAF.
The statement read in part; “Our preliminary investigation revealed that the accused persons are serving Nigerian Air Force personnel.
The leadership of the Nigerian Air Force will like to make it absolutely clear that the service does not condone this kind of behaviour. We clearly understand our responsibilities to the public . Therefore, as soon as the airmen are handed over to the Nigerian Air Force by the Police, we shall conduct the appropriate judicial process.”
The judicial process entailed a Court Marshall where the Airmen would be tried. If found culpable, they could be dismissed from the Force.