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Respect female soldier’s decision to marry corper, Falana tells COAS

A common society association, the Women Empowerment and Legal Aid, on Monday, requested the Chief from Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya, to regard the choice of a female trooper, Private Sofiyat Akinlabi, to wed a male corps part.

The Chairperson of the gathering, Funmi Falana, in a letter to the COAS, requested the prompt arrival of the warrior who had since been kept by the tactical specialists subsequent to tolerating the proposition to be engaged of an anonymous corper at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.

The PUNCH had announced that the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said Akinlabi abused military laws by engaging in a public presentation of desirous relationship with a paramilitary learner – a corps part, vowing that she will be rebuffed.

Nonetheless, in the letter named, ‘Solicitation for the Release of Private Sofiyat Akinlabi’, the spouse of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, said the female trooper “has not contradicted the guideline on probation of marriage for quite some time”.

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“The limitation of a female military work force from getting any marriage for a considerable length of time upon enrollment which isn’t material to male military staff is unlawful and illegal,” the letter added.

The female Falana additionally contended that no male fighter has been rebuffed for proposing to an adoration interest out in the open has seen via web-based media. She, accordingly, announced as unlawful, the confinement of Akinlabi.

The letter halfway read, “Taking into account the way that male fighters have not been punished for including themselves in a public showcase of loving relationship in full military uniform the danger to endorse Private Sofiyat Akinlabi is biased. A portion of the photos of male officers associated with a public presentation of desirous relationship are connected.

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“Taking into account the prior, we encourage you to utilize your great workplaces to arrange the arrival of Private Sofiyat Akinlabie from additional guardianship. Moreover, her choice to wed the male youth corps part ought to be regarded as the two of them are qualified for opportunity of affiliation ensured by Section 40 of the Constitution.

“While wishing you praises of the period, kindly acknowledge the affirmations of our expert respects and regard.”

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