Injustice: Army Rewards Military Officer Who Dehumanized The NYSC Member
Lieutenant Chika Viola, a female military officer who dehumanized a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelia, has been rewarded rather than punished for her irresponsible behaviour.
Fidelia is currently pleading for justice because justice is still eluding her even weeks after the incident. Fidelia revealed this in a letter she wrote to a popular radio station, in which she bemoaned the way and manner in which she had been abandoned to her fate.
She expressed sadness that instead of allowing the said female Army officer to face the wrath of the law, she was rewarded by allowing her to embark on a three-week course to Jaji in Kaduna State, captioned “Nothing has happened since reporting my maltreatment to the military authorities.”
After the incident, Lieutenant Chika Viola went for a three-week course in Jaji, Kaduna state,” she said, adding, “I know that once we finish our service year, and I am not here again, the case will die.”
According to her, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which was supposed to assist her in pursuing her case, “did not come to check on me,” emphasizing that “they did not even ask to know the corper they did this to.”
As Fidelia explained, “the NYSC now called me and they were saying did I write through them before going to get a lawyer?”
The NYSC, according to her letter, “said I should bring down the case” and “gave me a book and biro and asked me to write that I had withdrawn the case and that I should write formally through them.” I walked away from them. I didn’t write anything, and I didn’t drop the case.”
“I am suing Lieutenant Chika Viola and the army authorities,” Fidelia said, adding that she has made up her mind to pursue justice through any legal means available to her. I’m suing them both.”
When the video of Fidelia being publicly abused, maltreated, and dehumanized by Lieutenant Chika Viola went viral, several organizations, groups, and individuals came out to condemn the female military officer, vowing to risk their lives to seek justice for Fidelia. However, as of the time of filing this report, none of these groups, organizations, or individuals had fulfilled their pledges, leaving her to her fate.
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