Monday, December 20, 2021

Army to female soldier: You disobeyed directive on social media guidelines - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Army has explained that the detained female soldier who got romantic with a male corps member disobeyed the Armed Forces guidelines and directives for the use of social media, reports 
Female soldier, kissing her lover after proposal

The army, ITREALMS gathered, had on Sunday confirmed the detention of an unnamed female soldier who got romantic with a male corps member at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, was quoted by 
The PUNCH on Sunday, as saying the female officer violated military laws by getting involved in a public display of passionate relationship with a paramilitary trainee – a corps member.

ITREALMS also gathered that one of the video clips recorded on the spot which looks like parade ground showed the yet-to-be-identified corps member holding a ring as he curtseyed to ask the female soldier to marry him.

The visibly excited spinster, in military uniform, accepted the young graduate’s proposal and the latter went on to insert the ring in his love interest’s finger. The lovebirds later locked themselves in a warm embrace and kissed passionately to the cheery applause of other corps members.

The Army spokesman also said the female soldier violated the Nigerian Army’s rules and regulations guiding the codes of conduct of military personnel when deployed for duty.

Nwachukwu said the female soldier’s action amounted to taking advantage of her trainee, noting that the public would have been outraged and accused the Army of coercion had a male soldier proposed to a female corper during NYSC parade.

He said, “The female soldier in question violated the following rules of the NA:

“1. Fraternization while on official duty at the NYSC camp. That is, indulging in an amorous relationship with a trainee.

“2. A personnel must have served for three years before he/she can qualify for marriage.

“3. She disobeyed the Armed Forces of Nigeria standing guidelines and directives for the use of Social Media.

“4. Indulging in romance while in uniform.

“5. 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.”

The Army spokesman, however, declined comments on the likely punishment the female soldier might get but said “the Nigerian Military like all others, has its disciplinary codes, distinct from that of the general society. Every personnel has voluntarily undertaken to be bound by this code.”

The Punch also quoted some activists including Omoyele Sowore, who shared photos of military officers proposing to their love interests in uniform on Facebook, calling for the release of the female soldier.

*Additional reports from courtesy 

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