Corps member assault: NAWOJ demands stringent action against officer, compensation for victim

•Says officer's action disgraceful to army

The National President of the Nigeria Women of Journalists (NAWOJ), Ladi Bala has called on the Nigerian Army to effect stringent sanctions on the assaulting officer who made an NYSC member knelt down while she dehumanized her.

Ladi said the action by the commissioned officer was unacceptable, provocative and condemnable in its entirety and demanded that the victim should be duly compensated for the suffering from the dehumanization.

The country had woken up to a viral video, where an NYSC member was subjected to the worst form of dehumanization by a commissioned officer, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

Ladi said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.

According to Ladi: “Nigeria Association of Women Journalist’s (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.

“It is appalling that the deliberate act of barbaric infringement on the human right of the NYSC Corps 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.

The President of NAWOJ said “This is unacceptable, ridiculous, provocative and condemnable in every material particular.

“While NAWOJ applauds the quick response of the Nigerian Army in wading in to address the unfortunate development as well as condemned 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.

She continued that”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.

“The unfortunate incident must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet, the President of NAWOJ warned.

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