Nigerian Army is set to try the soldier who accepted the marriage proposal of a Corps member.
Gatekeepers News reports that the Nigerian Army is set to try the female soldier, Private Sofiyat Akinlabi, who accepted the marriage proposal of an unnamed corner.
According to The PUNCH the military authorities are currently conducting a preliminary investigation that precedes a trial.
On Thursday, a source disclosed that Akinlabi will be tried for unprofessional conduct including violation of military laws regarding social media and fraternisation with a trainee – a corper.
Gatekeepers News earlier reported that Nigerian Army detained Akinlabi following a viral video clip that showed her accepting the marriage proposal of a corper at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.
The lovebirds had shared a hug and kiss to the delight of other corpers at the Mammy market.
In reaction to the development, Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said Akinlabi violated military laws by getting involved in a public display of amorous relationship with a paramilitary trainee – a corps member, vowing that she will be punished.
Also, the NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Shuaibu, at a briefing in Abuja on December 21, 2021, said though the scheme “encourage(s) them to inter-marry, we have never had a situation where a corps member will go and propose (to a soldier)”.
The top military source who prefers to stay anonymous told The PUNCH on Thursday that Akinlabi will be tried in line with extant military laws.
The military source said, “She is going to go through summary trial because the offences she committed is not a grievous offence that will attract court-martial.
“During her trial, if she is able to prove that she was not the one who did that (posted on social media), they might overlook it but if she had not violated the military laws by fraternising with the corper, that wouldn’t have happened.
“During the trial, before the commanding officer who is the judge, if she is able to prove herself as not guilty, the judge will pronounce her innocent.”
He added that the disciplinary action that would be taken against Akinlabi would depend on whether she was a first-time offender or not.
The source stated that “A lot of things will come into play when she is being tried. The commanding officer will consider whether she has been a person of good character before now or otherwise,” adding that the camp commandment at the NYSC camp will also be interrogated for allowing the fraternisation to take place under his nose.
Meanwhile, change.org has received two petitions signed by over 10,000 persons, demanding the release of Akinlabi while human rights activists including Funmi Falana, Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju continue to pressure the Army to release the detainee.