A female soldier has been dismissed by the Nigerian Army for getting pregnant after she was raped by bandits while travelling to Ogbomoso in Oyo State.
The rape victim was charged to court on one count of ‘conduct prejudicial to service discipline,‘ found guilty and consequently dismissed from service.
She, however, declined to speak on her ordeal when contacted on Wednesday, saying; “I have not asked you to publish anything, but we are working on the appeal,” The Punch reports.
Her lawyer, Johnson Oyewole, expressed optimism that his client’s unlawful dismissal would be overturned and she would be recalled back to serve her motherland.
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 noted that the soldier obtained a pass to travel to Oyo State, sometime in October 2014 when the vehicle she boarded ran into bandits along Odo-Oba road.
She was allegedly raped by five men and was subsequently taken to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, where she was treated for six days.
In light of the sexual assault, the female soldier obtained an extract from the police crime diary, an affidavit, as well as a medical report, which indicated that she sustained “injury of right ankle joint with laceration and bruises around the thigh region.”
She was confirmed to be 12 weeks pregnant In December, after reporting sick at the Military hospital.