Nigerian female soldier arrested for accepting marriage proposal

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Dec 21, 2021, 02:13 PM(IST)

(Representational image) The proposal took place during the Passing out Parade in the western Kwara state Photograph:( AFP )

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An army spokesperson said that she had breached the military’s code of conduct by 'indulging in romance while in uniform' 

A female Nigerian soldier was arrested for accepting a marriage proposal from a male corps member while on duty, according to reports.

An army spokesperson said that she had breached the military’s code of conduct by "indulging in romance while in uniform”, reports BBC.

A video of the proposal went viral last week, purportedly showing a female soldier accepting a proposal from a paramilitary trainee in the government's youth training scheme, known as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as onlookers cheered.

It happened during the Passing out Parade in the western Kwara state.

It is unclear when the proposal took place, but the video had gone viral last week.

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The decision to arrest the female solider has drawn criticism from a woman's rights group who accused the military bias.

Similar action had not been taken against male soldiers involved “in a public display of amorous relationships in full military uniform”, the Women Empowerment and Legal Aid group said.

Army spokesman Gen Clement Nwachukwu told the BBC the soldier had flouted the military's code of conduct, as well as its social media policy.

“Her conduct was prejudicial to good order and military discipline

“(The trainers') task was to train the youth corps members and not to indulge in an amorous relationship with any of them," Gen Nwachukwu added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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