NIGERIAN AIR FORCE ACQUITS SOLDIER WHO ALLEGEDLY SLAPPED DOCTOR

Written by on September 4, 2020

CITING LACK OF PROOF, A SUMMARY MILITARY TRIAL OF THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE HAS ACQUITTED IBRAHIM SA, AN AIRCRAFTMAN, WHO ALLEGEDLY SLAPPED A PORT HARCOURT-BASED FEMALE MEDICAL DOCTOR, AVWEBO OTOIDE, IN MAY.

INSTEAD, BASS MO, A FLIGHT SERGEANT, WHO HEADED THE PATROL TEAM WHEN OTOIDE WAS REPORTEDLY ASSAULTED, WAS GIVEN A PUNISHMENT OF “REPRIMAND” DURING THE SUMMARY TRIAL THAT WAS HELD ON FRIDAY.

THE RIVER STATE BRANCH OF THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ALSO POSTED THE INFORMATION ON THEIR TWITTER ACCOUNT.

BOTH MESSRS BASS AND IBRAHIM WERE “CHARGED FOR CONDUCT PREJUDICIAL TO GOOD ORDER AND SERVICE DISCIPLINE” AFTER SOME PERSONNEL OF THE FORCE ASSAULTED OTOIDE DURING THE STATEWIDE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN IN MAY.

OTOIDE TOLD THIS NEWSPAPER AT THE TIME THAT SHE WAS EN ROUTE TO WORK AS AN ESSENTIAL WORKER WHEN THE SOLDIERS DISEMBARKED FROM THEIR VEHICLE, STOPPED AND WRESTLED HER, SLAPPED HER, SMASHED HER PHONE IN THE PROCESS BEFORE DETAINING HER IN AN ISOLATION CENTRE.

HER SHOW OF AN IDENTITY CARD AS A SENIOR REGISTRAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT TEACHING HOSPITAL COULD NOT SAVE HER FROM THE HARASSMENT, SHE SAID.

AFTER THE ENCOUNTER, OTOIDE PETITIONED THE NIGERIAN AIR FORCE THROUGH THE RIVER STATE BRANCH OF THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

FOLLOWING PUBLIC OUTRAGE, DARAMOLA DECRIED THE INCIDENT, PROMISING THAT THE FORCE WOULD INVESTIGATE IT AND PUNISH THE ACCUSED AS DUE.

BUT OTOIDE FEARS THAT “WITH JUST A REPRIMAND” THE SOLDIERS MIGHT NOT GIVE UP ON SLAPPING CIVILIANS THEY DEEM RUDE.


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