Nigerian Army has released Hannah Sofiat, the female soldier who was detained over a corps member’s marriage proposal.
Gatekeepers News reports that Sofiat had accepted a marriage proposal from a male corps member at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara.
She was detained for ‘violating military rules and regulations’ by getting involved in a public display of an amorous relationship with a paramilitary trainee – a corps member.
Sofiat’s detention sparked reactions from concerned Nigeriansand various groups who believe she has the right to also love irrespective of her job.
It was however gathered that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has ordered the immediate release of a detained female soldier on Saturday.
A source told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Chief of Army staff intervened in the spirit of Christmas and asked that she should be pardoned.
The source said that the female soldier had been warned and reprimanded for breaching the extant rule guiding the conduct of military personnel.
He said that the soldier had been forgiven and freed from detention to join her family and friends to celebrate Christmas.
According to the source, this is in line with the COAS vision to have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.