The Nigerian army has explained why a female soldier was arrested at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Yikpata, Kwara State, after accepting a male corps member’s proposal.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, informed Punch that the female officer broke military rules by engaging in a public display of affection with a paramilitary trainee, a corps member.
After accepting a ring from a male corps member, as caught in a video that went viral a few days ago, the soldier was seen hugging and kissing him.
According to Nwachukwu, the female soldier broke military norms of behavior while on duty, and her actions amounted to taking advantage of her trainee. He further said that if a man soldier proposed to a female corper during the NYSC march, the people would be angry and accuse the Army of coercion.
The army spokesperson 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.”
Nwachukwu 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” after declining on speaking on the kind of punishment the female soldier could receive.