The Detained Female Soldier’s Decision To Marry A Male Youth Corps Member Should Be Respected – Falz’s Mother Tells COAS
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya, and the Nigerian army have been asked to accept the decision of jailed female soldier, Private Sofiyat Akinlabi, to marry a male youth corps member, according to a civil society organization led by Falz’ mother, Funmi Falana.
In a letter to the COAS, Women Empowerment & Legal Aid urged that the female soldier be released immediately, and that it is “illegal and unconstitutional” to bar female military personnel from marrying for three years after enrollment, but not male officers.
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Sofiat’s incarceration was deemed “illegal” by the organisation, which also pointed out that no male soldier has ever been punished for proposing to a love interest in public.
The letter themed ‘Request for the Release of Private Sofiyat Akinlabi’.
“The restriction of a female military personnel from contracting any marriage for three years upon enlistment which is not applicable to male military personnel is illegal and unconstitutional.
“In view of the fact that male soldiers have not been penalized for involving themselves in a public display of amorous relationship in full military uniform the threat to sanction Private Sofiyat Akinlabi is discriminatory. Some of the photographs of male soldiers involved in a public display of amorous relationship are attached.
“In view of the foregoing, we urge you to use your good offices to order the release of Private Sofiyat Akinlabie from further custody. Furthermore, her decision to marry the male youth corps member should be respected as both of them are entitled to freedom of association guaranteed by Section 40 of the Constitution.
“While wishing you compliments of the season, please accept the assurances of our professional regards and esteem.”