The Nigerian Army has dismissed a female soldier for getting pregnant after she was raped by suspected bandits while travelling to Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
The rape victim (name withheld), according to her appeal filed on her behalf by her lawyer, noted that she 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.
She explained that was defiled in 2014 on a trip which she got official clearance to embark on a trip.
She was charged with one count of “conduct prejudicial to service discipline”, found guilty and dismissed from the regiment.
She, however, stated that she and her legal team are working on filing an appeal before the army authorities.
“I have not asked you to publish anything, but we are working on the appeal,” she told the Punch.
Johnson Oyewole, the soldier’s lawyer, insisted that his client’s dismissal from the army was unlawful.
”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),” read the appeal filed by Oyewole on behalf of the soldier to Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff.
The appeal letter explained that the soldier obtained a pass to travel to Oyo State, in October 2014 when the vehicle she boarded ran into bandits along Odo-Oba road and she was allegedly raped by five men.
She was taken to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, where she was treated for six days.
She subsequently 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”.
She was confirmed to be pregnant after reporting sick at a military hospital.
Oyewole expressed confidence that dismissal would be overturned and she would be recalled to continue serving her fatherland.