The female soldier of the Nigerian army that exchanged an engagement ring with her suitor, a youth corps member during orientation at Yikpata, in Kwar, broke military codes, and she deserves the pillory.
She has since been taken to custody.
The video and pictures of their entanglement–bear hugs, kissing, and necking— have been trending online
Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu told Punch that relationship was amorous and publiv.
Nwachukwu said the female soldier violated the codes of conduct of military personnel when deployed for duty, and her action amounted to taking advantage of her trainee.
He also claimed the public would have been outraged and accused the Army of coercion had a male soldier proposed to a female corper during NYSC parade.
“The Nigerian Military like all others, has its disciplinary codes, distinct from that of the general society. Every personnel has voluntarily undertaken to be bound by this code,” he said.
According to the Army, the female soldier in question violated the following rules of the NA:
“1. Fraternization while on official duty at the NYSC camp. That is, indulging in an amorous relationship with a trainee.
“2. A personnel must have served for three years before he/she can qualify for marriage.
“3. She disobeyed the Armed Forces of Nigeria standing guidelines and directives for the use of Social Media.
“4. Indulging in romance while in uniform.
“5. Her conduct was prejudicial to good order and military discipline.
“All the above, if proven are in violation of extant laws with attendant disciplinary and penal implications.”