Dehumanisation of female corps member: NAWOJ calls for Army officer
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalist’s (NAWOJ), has condemned in the strongest terms, the dehumanisation of a female Corps member – Ezeiruaku Fidelia by a female military officer, Lt Chika Anale at the 13 Brigade Headquarters in Calabar, Cross River state.
In a statement by the national chairperson, Ladi Bala made available to ASHENEWS on Friday, the association described the army officer’s act as barbaric infringement on the human right of the Corps member.
According to her, the officer’s act “did not only negate professional ethics of the Nigerian Army, but also disgraceful, unwarranted and an insult on the dignity of womanhood.
“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.
“This is unacceptable ridiculous, provocative and condemnable in every material particular.
“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, it is pertinent to call on the military high command to ensure that stringent measures are taken against the Officer to serve as deterance to others.
“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,” the statement reads.