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General News of Sunday, 26 September 2021

Source: punchng.com

I haven’t overcome trauma from soldier’s assault – Tortured female corps member

Army officer assaulting a youth corper Army officer assaulting a youth corper

A member of the National Youth Service Corps in Calabar, Cross River State, Ifeyinwa Ezeiruaku, who was recently dehumanised by a commissioned female Army officer, Lt. Chika Anele, says she feels embarrassed and traumatised as a result of the incident.

Speaking in an interview with Africa Independent Television monitored by Sunday PUNCH, the corps member urged her colleagues to defy all intimidation by uniformed men and fight for their rights.

The female soldier was seen in a viral video pouring dirty watery substance on the kneeling youth corps member observing her primary assignment at the 13 Brigade headquarters in Calabar.

Ezeiruaku was said to have been given the dehumanising treatment after an argument with the lieutenant.

Angered by the ill-treatment of the corps member, an activist, Agba Jalingo, who got the footage, posted it on social media.

An outrage had followed, forcing the Nigerian Army to release a statement, stating that Anele would be tried for unprofessional conduct.

Ezeiruaku was subsequently reposted from Cross River to Lagos State.

Speaking on her ordeal, she said, “Thanks be to God for coming out of Calabar. It has not been easy, all the calls; people from all over Nigeria have been calling me to say they have seen my picture, the way she maltreated me but I thank God that I am out and I am safe.”

She also said she was not threatened by the military authorities after the unfortunate video went viral.

“They (soldiers) felt bad for what their colleague did,” she said, adding that the Army did not forbid her from talking to the media.

Ezeiruaku, however, said she felt embarrassed by the incident.

“Ever since the incident, I have not been myself because of the trauma; each time I remember what the officer did, I feel embarrassed,” she said.

When asked what she wanted the government to do to her abuser, she said the law should take its course.

She urged her colleagues not to cave in to intimidation or tyrannical display by uniformed officials.

“My advice to them is that they should be strong, there is pressure on them because one of their colleagues was dealt with. My advice to them is to be strong and fight for their rights,” she said.

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