NYSC proposal: Army explains reasons for punishing female soldier

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More facts have emerged concerning the detention of a female soldier by Nigerian Army authorities after a corps member proposed to her at the NYSC Orientation Camp in  Yikpata,Kwara State.

A video recently went viral showing the female soldier, decked in full military camouflage, kissing the corps member while also brandishing her engagement ring.

Shortly after the video went viral, reports criculated that the female soldier was detained by Army authorities over the incident.

The report of her detention generated a social media storm. Publisher of SaharaReporters and human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore in a Facebook post vowed to fight the cause of the female soldier.

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Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu on Sunday confirmed the soldier’s detention, Premium Times reported.

He added that the Army was punishing the soldier fpr flouting its rules and code of conduct.

According to Nwachukwu, it said it is an act of indiscipline for a trainer to engage in an affair with her trainee.

“The Nigerian Army has Codes of conduct, Rules and regulations guiding our personnel whenever and wherever they are deployed for duty.

“We have ethics, customs and traditions, which have the force of law and are enforceable as such. These are meant to guide service personnel and better position them to efficiently execute the critical, onerous and consistently hazardous profession of the arms.

“The female soldier in question violated the following rules of the NA. Firstly, fraternisation while on official duty at the NYSC camp. That is, indulging in amorous relationship with a trainee.

“Secondly, a personnel must have served for three years, before he/she can qualify for marriage.

“Thirdly, she disobeyed the Armed Forces of Nigeria standing guidelines and directives for the use of Social Media.

“Fourthly, indulging in romance while in uniform, and fifthly, her conduct was prejudicial to good order and military discipline. All the above, if proven are in violation of extant laws with attendant disciplinary and penal implications.

“As a personnel, her task was to train the youth corps members and not to indulge in amorous relationship with any of them.”

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