NAF Bows To Pressures, Reinstates Dismissed Female Officer

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NAF Bows To Pressures, Reinstates Dismissed Female Officer

A Bayelsa born female Corporal, Werigbelegha Evelyn who was recently unlawfully dismissed from the Nigerian Air Force has been reinstated, TNN has learnt.

This medium had, fortnight ago, published a story where the embattled air officer alleged she was unlawfully dismissed from service because she turned down sexual advances towards her by her superior air officer at 211 Regiment Group, Owerri.

In the said publication, she alleged that her boss set up a panel to try her of trumped up allegations bothering on insubordination to superior officers and conducts prejudiced to service discipline.

She said the trial led to her demotion from the rank of Corporal to Lance Corporal and eventual dismissal.

In the publication on this medium, the mother of 3, through a Yenagoa based legal firm, C.O. Kentebe and Co, petitioned president Buhari, the Nigerian air force and other relevant bodies to revert her dismissal.

Werigbelegha told TNN in Yenagoa that the top echelon of NAF has held that her estranged superior officer had no right to dismiss her from service.

However, why the Kolokuma/Opokuma born air woman had been reinstated, Werigbelegha still has some reservations as she was yet to be lifted to her normal rank.

"Yes I have been reinstated but I am yet to resume work because I am still demoted based on the allegations that my Group Commander levelled against me", she lamented.

She vowed to institute a legal action against the Nigerian air force if the situation persists.

A rights groups, Zuonaki  Human Rights Initiative based in Yenagoa said it would not rest on its oars until justice was done on the matter.

Led by Chief Ebiserikumo Gbasa, the rights group pointed out that Werigbelegh's ordeal stemmed from her alleged sexual harassment by her superior officer and  therefore should not be a victim of that circumstance.

The rights activist further stated that his and other human right groups would soon stage a peaceful protest in Abuja, the Nigerian federal seat of power, to press home their demand for justice to be done to the female air officer.

“ While we commend the Nigerian air force for heeding our voices by reinstating the young lady, we demand that her rank be equally reinstated because from our investigation, she is only a victim of circumstance", he added.

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