Nigerian Army releases detained female soldier who accept marrying a corps member


A female soldier, Private Hannah Sofiat Akinlabi, who was detained after video clips of her accepting proposal of a male corps member at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Yikpata, Kwara State, went viral on social media has been released by the Nigerian Army.

It was gathered that Sofiat was released by the military today.

Confirming this, the Spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said, “I can confirm to you that an order has been made for the soldier to be freed and enjoy the Christmas with her family and friends with a serious warning for her not to repeat such act again.”

It will be recalled that the private military officer arrest anddetention was criticized by civil society groups and Nigerians.

It was earlier published that the female soldier was authorized to be imprisoned by Captain MM Abdulahi, Kwara State NYSC Camp Commandant, at a military detention facility in Ilorin, the state capital, pending additional investigations.

A source who preferred not to be mentioned had said the soldier was detained “for not being due for marriage yet, romancing on uniform publicly, absent on parade, indiscriminate behaviour, doing other things aside from her purpose in NYSC camp, disobedience to standing order of social media rule and disobedience to ethics and tradition of the Nigerian Army”.