Army Releases Female Soldier Who Accepted Marriage Proposal From Youth Corps Member

Miss Sofiyat Akinlabi, a soldier who was arrested and detained by the Nigerian Army after a video which showed her accepting a marriage proposal and kissing a youth corper at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State has been released today to enjoy Christmas with her family.

The private soldier was detained by the on December 14, 2021, when the video clips showing her and her lover, later identified as Remi, being cheered by other Corpers as they hugged and kissed at the Mammy market of the Orientation Camp went viral.

The detention of Akinlabi had attracted condemnation from right groups, gender activists and others.

But Army had justified her detention, with claim that her action amounted to taking advantage of her trainee.

The Army also said the public would have been outraged and accused the Army of coercion had a male soldier proposed to a female corper during NYSC parade.

In addition, Akinlabi was also accused of breaking the fraternisation rules of the Army by indulging in an amorous relationship with a trainee and having not served for three years when she will qualify for marriage.

But it was gathered that following the intervention of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Faruk Yahaya, sofiat was released today 25, December to enjoy Christmas with her family.

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