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Nigerian army reacts as female soldier alleges sexual harassment by senior officers

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The Nigerian Army has reacted to a report by a female soldier that she is being sexually harassed by some senior colleagues and owed a salary.

The female soldier serving in Lagos State, had, in a viral video, raised the alarm that some senior army officers, identified as Col. IB Abdulkareem, Col. GS Ogor and Brig. Gen. IB Solebo were oppressing and posing threats to her life for rejecting their sexual advances.

According to her report, they have been oppressing her since she was posted to Cantonment Medical Centre, Ojo, Lagos in 2022, for refusing their sexual advances.

She further alleged that she had been locked up several times for no reason, ejected from her apartment, and locked up in a psychiatric hospital for a month without any medication with a claim that she had a mental illness, and her account frozen since February 2023 without salary for no reason.

Reacting, the Army in a terse statement on its official X page, said it was investigating the allegations.

It urged Nigerians to refrain from making hasty judgments, adding that it remains dedicated to serving the nation with honor and integrity.

“We assure the general public that the Nigerian Army as an institution is committed to upholding the integrity and morals of its personnel and as such appropriate actions will be taken based on the findings of the investigation.

“We urge the public to allow the investigative process to take its course and refrain from making hasty judgments,” it said.

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