Social media users are sharply divided over the propriety or otherwise of a punishment a Nigerian soldier meted out to a man believed to have stolen a phone.
A video circulating online shows the military man supervising and ordering the suspected thief to swim in black thick water in the gutter mixed with solid waste.
The angry soldier is heard ranting in the video, clamming the suspect had stolen a phone worth N20,000 and sold it at N2000.
No amount of plea by the suspect for mercy could calm the highly incensed soldier Are you a bastard? do I look like your girlfriend? am I romancing you,? he is heard asking the suspect.
Are you crazy? Are you showing emotions? How can you carry a N20,000 phone and sell it N2000,? he further asked angrily as the suspect pleaded for mercy.
While some people have given the soldier thumbs up, others have also said that the punishment is demeaning and condemnable.