Lawyer Appeals Dismissal Of Female Soldier Who Was Raped And Got Pregnant

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Barrister Johnson Oyewole, Who is the lawyer to a female soldier recently dismissed by the authorities of the Nigerian Army, for getting pregnant after she was raped by suspected bandits who attacked their vehicle while she was on transit from Lagos to Oyo state, has appealed to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai to upturn the decision.

An Army board of inquiry (BOI) investigated the soldier and recommended her trial where the female soldier was found culpable of the “Offence of Conduct Prejudicial to Service Discipline” and the signals soldier was dismissed from service.

Barr. Johnson Oyewole described the dismissal of the soldier as unlawful after the ordeal she went through in the hands of criminal elements.

The barrister, expressed the conviction that his client would be recalled to continue serving her fatherland after the dismissal is rescinded.

The Chief of Army Staff is the final authority that upturn such decision in the case of a soldier being punished for an offence by an Army board except that of an officer which may go to the Army Council.

Challenging the soldier’s dismissal, Barr. Oyewole said, ”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).”

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