JUST IN: Nigerian Female Soldier Who Got Pregnant After Rαpe By 5 Bandits Appeals Dismissal
Aug. 06, 2020
An appeal has been made against the dismissal of a female soldier who got pregnant after a tragic rαpe by suspected bandits.
The rαpe victim was charged with one count of ‘conduct prejudicial to service discipline,’ found guilty and dismissed from the regiment by the authorities of the Nigerian Army.
Johnson Oyewole, her lawyer, said he is determined and surely as confident his client’s unlawful dismissal would be reversed.
According to an appeal to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, filed by her lawyer, the victim enlisted in the Army in March 2012 as a member of 67 Regular Recruits intake, and was serving with 56 Signal Command, Mile 2, Lagos, before the incident.
The letter, which challenged the soldier’s dismissal, read, ”It is manifest that the purported trial of our client was tainted with substantial irregularities; there is no offence under the law and no element of the offence of misconduct prejudicial to service discipline that talks of pregnancy while in service and warranted dismissal under section 103(1).”
It explained that the soldier obtained a pass to travel to Oyo State, sometime in October 2014 when the vehicle she boarded ran into bandits along Odo-Oba road and she was allegedly rαped by five men.
She was taken to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, where she was treated for six days.
Following the sexual assault, she obtained an extract from the police crime diary, a sworn affidavit, as well as a medical report, which indicated that she sustained “injury of right ankle joint with laceration and bruises around the thigh region.”
In December, she reported sick at the Military hospital and the matron confirmed that she was 12 weeks pregnant.
This is as the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) denies any sabotage by the military in the fight against insurgency, proclaiming last Wednesday's attack on the Borno governor's convoy, was carried out by Boko Haram, not its soldiers.
The visibly-enraged governor, Babagana Zulum, had after the attack, accused the Nigerian soldiers of being responsible for the raid on his convoy in Baga, a claim the DHQ says has been investigated and found to be false.
Zulum believes some elements are trying to frustrate the effort of the government in ending the insurgency and President Muhammadu Buhari needs to know the truth.
He said, “Let me also re-echo my previous position with respect to the level of insurgency in Borno State, I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what has happened between 2011 to 2015, and 2015 to date. Yes, it’s true. The President has done well.
“But there’s sabotage in the system that will not allow the insurgency to end; the President has to know this very important point.”
Speaking on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, John Enenche, absolved the military of any complacency.
Enenche, a Major-General said contrary to Governor Zulum’s claims, the attack was not sabotaged by the military, adding that investigations commenced based on how weighty the allegations were and findings show that the governor’s claims were false.
“We investigated it immediately and the strategic level is cleared of that, operational level cleared of that, the tactical level is cleared of that.
“We analysed the video. Even from the gunshot, the way it all played out, you will discover from the sound of the gunshot that it is not conventional weapons that we use.
“From the habit from that analysis, it was purely that of the enemy in that area – Boko Haram (BHTs). From the tactics, from the manoeuvres exhibited, it was theirs. From the search conducted, it was purely theirs,” he said.
According to the defence spokesman, the fears of the Military High Command were allayed after 48 hours.
While insisting that the attack on Governor Zulum was not sabotaged on any of the troops in the theatre of operation, Enenche said the issue will be handled by whom he described as stakeholders.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Armed Forces in ridding the nation of the myriads of security challenges.
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