The Nigeria Association of Women Journalist’s (NAWOJ), have called on the military high command to ensure that stringent measures are taken against the female Officer reported to have dehumanized a female Corps member to serve as deterant to others.
A statement signed by NAWOJ President, Mrs. Ladi Bala strongly condemned the dehumanisation of a female Corps member, Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelia.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the act was alleged to have been committed by a female military officer, Lt Chika Viola Anele at the 13 Brigade Headquarters, Calabar in Cross River State.
The NAWOJ President described the act as: “Unacceptable, ridiculous, provocative and condemnable in every material particular.”
She said 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.
The NAWOJ President therefore demanded that the officer be made to tender unreserved public apology to the victim.
Her statement reads: “It is disappointing to note that while frantic efforts are being carried out by the government and other critical stakeholders to address the menance of Sexual and gender based violence, a female officer in this 21st century could engage in such an abusive and violent act.
“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.
“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 await to hear the outcome.
The unfortunate incident must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet.”