Dehumanisation of female Corps member: NAWOJ calls for stiffer action against female soldier
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), condemns in the strongest terms, the dehumanisation of a female Corps member – Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelia, by a female military officer, Lt Chika Viola Anale at the 13 Brigade Headquarters, Calabar, Cross River state capital.
A statement signed by the NAWOJ President, Ladi Bala, described the act of the military personnel as utterly shameful and a disgrace to the entire womenfolk in the country.
Bala stressed that the act is unacceptable, ridiculous, provocative, and condemnable in every form, calling on the Army to make sure the soldier gets the deserved punishment for her actions which will serve as a warning to others.
She said, “It is appalling that the deliberate act of barbaric infringement on the human rights of the NYSC member, Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelia by a female Army officer did not only negate professional ethics of the Nigerian Army, the act is also disgraceful, unwarranted and an insult on the dignity of womanhood.
“It is disappointing to note that while frantic efforts are being carried out by the government and other critical stakeholders to address the menace of sexual and gender-based violence, a female officer in this 21st century could engage in such an abusive and violent act.
“While NAWOJ applauds the quick response of the Nigerian Army in wading in to address the unfortunate development as well as condemning the action of its officer which has helped in dousing tension, it is pertinent to call on the military high command to ensure that stringent measures are taken against the officer to serve as a deterrent to others.
“The officer should be made to tender an unreserved public apology to the victim as well as pay compensation for the humiliation the Corps member suffered.
“The investigation of the incident should be hastened and concluded soonest as Nigerians wait to hear the outcome. This unfortunate incident must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet,” she added.