Army to punish female soldier who accepted a marriage proposal from NYSC member

The corps member was shown wearing Sofiat's military cap as she stood behind him in admiration in another video

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Hannah Sofiat, a female soldier, will be disciplined for breaking the army’s internal code of conduct and norms by accepting a marriage proposal from a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.

Sofiat could be seen happily accepting the marriage proposal of a yet-to-be-identified corps member who had gone down on one knee to propose to the female soldier in a video that made its way to social media.

The corps member was shown wearing Sofiat’s military cap as she stood behind him in admiration in another video.

Another photo depicts Sofiat and this corps member locked in such a passionate hug that it has left the army high command mystified and enraged.

In response, while talking to Punch, the director of army public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said

The female soldier in question violated the following rules of the Nigerian Army: fraternization while on official duty at the NYSC camp.

That is, indulging in an amorous relationship with a trainee. personnel must have served for three years before he/she can qualify for marriage.

She disobeyed the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s standing guidelines and directives for the use of Social Media. Indulging in romance while in uniform.

Her conduct was prejudicial to good order and military discipline.

He continued by saying

All the above, if proven are in violation of extant laws with attendant disciplinary and penal implications.

As personnel, her task was to train the Youth Corps members and not to indulge in an amorous relationships with any of them.

These rules were put in place for the purpose of proper administration and discipline in the Army. If I may ask, what if the soldier was a male? How would the public have perceived his action?

Definitely, it would have been perceived as taking advantage of a female Corper, a trainee, put in his care for training.

The Nigerian military, like all others, has its disciplinary codes, distinct from that of the general society.

All personnel have voluntarily undertaken to be bound by this code.

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