Air Force Sex Scandal: Activist Demands Reinstatement Of Dismissed Female Officer

  • Written by  John Odhe, Yenagoa
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Air Force Sex Scandal: Activist Demands Reinstatement Of Dismissed Female Officer

A human rights activist, Chief Ebinserinkumo Gbasa  has called on the Nigerian Air Force (not Nigeria Navy) to reverse the dismissal of a female corporal, Werigbelegha Evelyn.

The Bayelsa state born air officer had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Air Force over her 'unlawful' dismissal.

Evelyn had told TNN in Yenagoa that the only offense that warranted her sack was her refusal to yield to an alleged sexual advances towards her by boss at the 211 Regiment Group, Owerri where she served.

Gbasa who is the head of the Zuonaki Human Rights Initiatives  wants Buhari and the Nigerian Air Force to investigate the circumstances that like led to the sack of the mother of three.

The activist said he would be forced to drag the air force to the National Human Rights Commission if nothing urgent was done on the issue.

Evelyn was enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in 1998 and was deployed to the Headquarters, Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna where she met her boss for the first time.

She narrated that while in Kaduna, the superior officer, who was then a Flight Lieutenant, requested to date her but she refused, insisting that such was against service rules.

Evelyn, who hails from Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state, further alleged that her boss continued to harrass and mount more pressures on her until she was posted out of that command.

After her deployment, the junior officer said the flight lieutenant tactically delayed her application to travel while allegedly giving her punishment duties by proxy and boasting that he would ensure her exit from service.

 In 2017 when she was posted to 211 Regiment Group, NAF Owerri, the embattled lady recounted that she met the same flight lieutenant, now Group Captain, as the commander the unit.

She said" on the second day of my arrival at Owerri, he told me that he still needed to have an affair with me and that he had not forgotten my sweet shape.

"I replied politely and told him that it has been a long time and I am now married with children but he insisted to have his way at all cost.

"So he then brought out a letter written by NAF Medical Centre, Yenagoa to NAF Medical Centre, Kano concerning my posting and said I have a medical case and that my posting to 211 regiment group, Owerri was wrong and a mistake and that he was going to post me out immediately".

"I was charged and tried by the Wing Commander but I pleaded not guilty. Yet the commanding officer who is also the trial officer went ahead with the trial despite my protest that he has interest in the matter.

"Rather, the commanding officer gave me severe reprimand that will deny me my next rank for the next three years. Thereafter, I was asked to sign the appeal form but I refused because I was not given a fair hearing", she complained.

She narrated that one event led to another until she was stripped almost naked and her service uniform ton, after which a verdict of dismissal was entered against her. 

In a petition written through a Yenagoa based law firm, Evelyn described her dismissal as oppressive, unfair, malicious, improper and disgraceful.

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