Group Lauds Army Chief, Yahaya For Releasing Female Soldier Who Accepted NYSC Member’s Marriage Proposal

The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has lauded the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, for releasing a female soldier, Hannah Sofiat, detained for accepting the proposal of a corps member at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.

In a statement signed by Joyce Ogwu, its Executive Director, the centre said it’s excited by the release of the soldier.

It noted that the COAS has proven to be a listening leader with the interest of his troops and nation at heart.

Recall that Sofiat was detained for violating military rules and regulations by getting involved in a public display of “amorous relationship” with a corps member.

Having sworn an oath under the Nigerian Armed Forces Act, it was expected that the soldier would be aware of such an act of negligence of duty, indiscipline and others capable of dragging the image of the Army in the mud.

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But out of his magnanimity, the COAS ordered her release in the spirit of the Christmas celebration following interventions by well spirited individuals.

Welcoming the release, Ogwu said Yahaya has again displayed his vision for a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of the country.

She said by this action, the Army has proven to be an institution guided by principles which must be followed to the latter.

“We must agree that the Nigerian Army is peopled by highly disciplined personnel and its hierarchy must do things within the law to maintain discipline and professionalism within its set up,” Ogwu said.

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