Nigerians on social media celebrated the release of Private Hannah Sofiat Akinlabi, a female soldier detained after video clips of her volunteered by a male corps member at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Yikpata, Kwara state, have gone viral on social media.
SaharaReporters had reported that the female soldier was ordered to be detained by Captain MM Abdulahi, commander of the NYSC camp in Kwara State, at a military detention center in Ilorin, the state capital, in pending further investigation.
A military source said she was detained for not being “due for marriage, romance in uniform in public, not attending a parade, indiscriminate behavior, doing anything other than her goal in the NYSC camp, disobedience to the standing order of social media rule and disobedience to Nigerian military ethics and tradition ”.
Akinlabi’s arrest and detention has been widely condemned by civil society groups and Nigerians in general, who have described it as gender discrimination by the Nigerian military.
However, on Saturday Nigerian army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu announced his release.
He said: “I can confirm to you that an order has been given for the soldier to be released and to enjoy Christmas with her family and friends with a serious warning that she does not repeat such an act.”
Since then, many Nigerians have taken to their social media to celebrate the young woman’s release as many have asked for help for the young couple.
Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore, who started a petition on change.org, said: “This is a new dawn for women’s rights! We will all attend this life changing wedding. #Revolutionnow #FreeSofiat.
Senior Nigerian lawyer Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa noted in a Facebook post: “I would like to know when and where this wedding will take place for all freedom lovers to attend and cheer on the couple. Aluta Continua.
Reacting to the report of her release, Facebook user Pablo Onyekwelu noted: “Thank you very much Nigerian army officers and men, we will attend her wedding if there are no conditions attached to her release, thank you, she does not know. will not stop. be a combat soldier.
Another user, Great-ottuduoma Dynasty, posted: “When is the wedding day? We want to make it a national wedding. Let everyone come out and help fund this national wedding now to shame those who want to go their separate ways. “
Oyewole Ademola Oluwaseun said: “Congratulations, you won it no matter what it costs. Enjoy your marriage in peace. You are a leader.
“Women soldiers, be prepared, more and more civilians are coming with genuine love.
Life is nothing without happiness and genuine love. Everyone, whatever their personality or status, deserves to love and be loved! You won!”
Alabama Yemight said, “Congratulations, set the date for the wedding and we’ll paint the place red.”
Aku-wealth Danielle instead highlighted the role of Sowore and human rights lawyer Femi Falana in freeing the female soldier as he wrote: “Welcome to development, thanks to Omoyele Sowore and Femi Falana”.
Comrade Bayo Ogunleye said: “All NCPs in the Lagos State Section will like to be present once we have timely notice of the wedding. If Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) was alive, I know he will certainly be there as well. “
Valentine Sampson said: “Keep up the good work! I would love to attend this wedding every time it takes place. “
We thank God for his release, God bless you sir because this African society is turned upside down. How can a female soldier be detained because of marriage, a bankrupt company
– Blessing (@pweetymichie) December 26, 2021