Lt.-Gen. Yahaya orders immediate release of romantic soldier

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has ordered the immediate release of a detained female soldier, Private Sofiyat Akinlabi.

Akinlabi was detained after video clips where she was seen accepting a marriage proposal from a male corps member at the NYSC orientation camp in Kwara, went viral on social media.

However, NAN reported that a reliable source at Army Headquarters, on Saturday, said that the COAS freed her in the spirit of Christmas.

The source said that the female soldier had been warned and reprimanded for breaching the extant rule guiding the conduct of military personnel.

He said that the soldier had been forgiven and freed from detention to join her family and friends to celebrate Christmas.

According to the source, this is in line with the COAS vision to have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.