A female soldier who should be getting support from the Nigerian Army after she was raped by suspected bandits has been dismissed by the Army after she became pregnant following the rape incident that occurred while she was travelling to Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
Reports gathered reveal that the vehicle she boarded ran into bandits along Odo-Oba road and she was allegedly raped by five men.
The Army charged the rape victim on ‘conduct prejudicial to service discipline.’ She was found guilty and dismissed from the regiment.
She however refused to speak on her ordeal when contacted on the phone yesterday.
She said, “I have not asked you to publish anything, but we are working on the appeal.”
Johnson Oyewole, her lawyer expressed that her dismissal conviction was unlawful and hoped that it will overturned and she would be recalled to continue serving her fatherland.
According to an appeal to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, filed by her lawyer, the victim 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.
The letter, which challenged the soldier’s dismissal, read, ”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).”
The incidence occured in October 2014 when she travelled to Oyo state.