Section of the Nigerian Bar, SPIDEL demands the release of a female soldier detained for accepting a marriage proposal
On Monday Ubani, the President of the Public Interest and Development Section (SPIDEL) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) called for the immediate release of Private Hannah Sofiyat Akinlabi, the female soldier who was detained for accepting a proposal. marriage of a male body. member.
Ubani, in a statement released Tuesday, condemned the military’s operations in recent times, particularly with the manner in which it has illegally restrained citizens for an indiscriminate number of days with little or no respect for the provisions of the constitution.
He said it was imperative to remind the leaders of these institutions that Nigeria was not under any military dictatorship but under a civilian democracy since 1999; that the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended, in particular chapter 4, guarantee the right to personal liberty, the right to a fair trial, the right to dignity, the right to movement among others.
His statement reads in part: “When it was thought that we had seen the worst concerning the Cute Abiola case, another savage ‘drama’ in terms of brazen violation of a citizen’s right would be happening with a soldier Hannah Sofiat who accepted the marriage proposal for a male member of the body.
âThe institution involved here is the Nigerian Military Authority. Once again, this young female officer is said to have violated military rules and regulations. She was arrested after video clips of her proposal by a male corps member at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Yikpata, Kwara state went viral on social media. Captain MM Abdullahi, NYSC camp commander in Kwara State, reportedly ordered his detention in the Ilorin detention center pending further investigation.
“Part of the offense of which she is said to be guilty includes, but is not limited to, a romantic relationship with an intern, not yet eligible for marriage as she had to have served for three years before she could marry and romanticize while ‘she wore army uniform plus other miscellaneous offenses.
“While one cannot question the rights of these agencies to maintain discipline in their organizations, one is astonished at the eagerness with which these citizens are thrown into illegal detention for an indiscriminate number of days with little or no no respect for the provisions of the constitution which guarantees several fundamental rights to citizens, including those who serve these security institutions.
âIn case those who are at the head of these institutions have forgotten or are not aware, can we remind them that (1) We are not under any military dictatorship but under a civilian democracy since 1999.
â(2) The provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended, in particular Chapter 4, guarantee the right to personal liberty, the right to a fair trial, the right to dignity, the right to movement, etc. These rights exist and have not been abrogated.
â(3) Today, no one can be punished for a crime in Nigeria that is not properly defined by our criminal or penal code.
“If those citizens who are employees of these institutions have committed a crime or violated any of their administrative rules or regulations, we demand a fair, transparent and open trial in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which is the norm. fundamental of our jurisprudence. Anything less than this is unacceptable, illegal and remains questionable.
“The human rights community finds it difficult to accept the fact that a citizen can be held hostage in an opaque manner and it must take a few days before the authority can confirm that it is they who are holding the citizen. hostage in his establishment.
âThe same goes for the idea of ââthrowing a young military officer into custody simply because she accepted a marriage proposal that is approved by God and the laws of the land.
“Assuming but not admitting that she broke any of their rules, can’t she be punished without throwing her into indefinite detention?” What is it that makes his acceptance of the marriage too offensive to justify such drastic measures being inflicted on him? Can’t our leaders and institutions sometimes play the role of “God” just as we see in other countries by forgiving people when their mistake is not too serious to affect the national interest? Has the country fallen into fascism and dictatorship where the rulers banish joy, happiness and smiles as if we were in North Korea? Is Nigeria now the Banana Republic?
âWe hereby request that the young military officer be immediately released from her illegal detention with an apology for the undue embarrassment she has caused to herself and to her potential suitor. People’s lives should not be destroyed under the pretext of imposing discipline. For the umpteenth time, let us remember that we are in a civil democracy.