Lawyer petitions Buratai over dismiss of female soldier who was raped by 5 bandits

Lawyer to Female Soldier who was recently  dismissed from the Nigerian Army, after been raped by suspected bandits, Barrister Johnson Oyewole has appealed to Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, to look into his decision.

The female soldier was dismissed after getting pregnant following the rape by the some bandits who attacked their vehicle while she was coming back from Lagos to Oyo state on a public transport.

The soldier was later investigated by an Army board of inquiry (BOI) and tried and was found culpable of the ‘Offence of ‘Conduct Prejudicial to Service Discipline’ and was dismissed from service.

Barrister Oyewole described the dismissal of the soldier as very unlawful after the ordeal she went through in the hands of those bandits, insisting that his client would be recalled to continue serving her fatherland.

The power to lift the army board’s decision lies in the hands of the Chief of Army Staff in the case of a soldier being punished for an offence.

The lawyer stated in the appeal to Buratai that 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 occured.

Oyewole added, ”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).”

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