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Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by nlfpmod: 8:51pm On Jan 21
Nigerian Female Soldier Who Complained About Sexual Harassment By Senior Military Officers In Viral Video Arrested, Flown From Lagos To Abuja

A female soldier in the Nigerian Army who recently complained in the viral video about sexual harassment in the military has been arrested and moved to Abuja.

SaharaReporters learnt that the soldier was flown to Abuja from Lagos on Tuesday morning.

The lady who complained in the viral video about sexual harassment in the military has been arrested and moved to Abuja by air this morning. She was flown out accompanied by military police in mufti from Lagos to Abuja,” a top military source told SaharaReporters.

The soldier serving in Lagos State, who did not disclose her name, raised the alarm in the viral video that some senior army officers were threatening her life for rejecting their sexual advances.

She lamented how the senior army officers – who she identified as Col. I.B. Abdulkareem, Col. G.S. Ogor and Brig. Gen. I.B. Solebo – had been oppressing her since she was posted to Cantonment Medical Centre, Ojo, Lagos in 2022, for refusing their sexual advances. She said she had been locked up several times for no reason, ejected from her apartment, and put in a psychiatric hospital for a month without any medication based on a false claim that she had a mental illness.

According to her, her bank account had been frozen since February 2023 and she had not been paid salary for no reason.

She further alleged that Col. Abdulkareem had attempted to rape her on multiple occasions. The female soldier said the army officer later claimed that she had a mental illness, adding that she had made several efforts including writing a petition and getting some senior and junior officers to intervene but that all was to no avail.

She also said that Col. Abdulkareem had denied her access to every army course and passes to see her parents. According to her, her father contacted Col. Abdulkareem over her issues, but he (Abdulkareem) reportedly told her father to inform her to obey the last order.

She said, “I know definitely they will come for me. They will lock me up and they will dismiss me but I don’t care. I can’t endure again. Before coming out to make this video, I can’t endure again. I don’t want to die young.

“If anything should happen to me, please hold Col. I.B. Abdulkareem, Col. G.S. Ogor and Brig. Gen. I.B. Solebo responsible, because they don’t want me to grow. They don’t want my progress.

“In 2022, I was posted to Cantonment Medical Center, Ojor where I met Col. I.B. Abdulkareem, who requested for me and I refused. Ever since then, this man has been my nightmare in the army - threatening to dismiss me each time he sees me.

“He ejected me from my room, sent some boys to my house. I have all the evidence and I have witness. He came to my house to eject me.

“Each time I try to expose him or each time any senior officer tries to intervene, he also stigmatizes me, that I have mental illness. He would always tell them that I have mental illness.

“He wrote to DOA three times to board me out of the army. He froze my account for one year. He froze my account since February last year (2023) till date, no salary.

“I have cried to some senior officers. I wrote a petition using Section 179 of the Armed Forces Act. I have seen so many officers, senior officers, junior officers to intervene but none of them is giving me a listening ear. Any time anyone tries to intervene, he will tell them that I have mental illness.

“There was a day he locked me, he almost raped me and when they caught him, he said I have mental illness and he took me to a psychiatric hospital and locked me up there for one month without any medication.

“He has denied me access to military courses, meanwhile, they know very well that my progression in the army is determined by my course attendance. Now course, I have been given admission in a medical school but he refused to release me.

“There was a day I called my dad and my dad intervened but he told my dad to tell me to obey the last order. What is the last order? For him to sleep with me?

“He has denied me everything. I can’t even go on passes to see my parents. No pass, no leave for me. But please and please, if anything should happen to me, hold them responsible, especially Col. IB Abdulkareem, Col. GS Ogor and Brig. Gen. IB Solebo. They are my nightmare in the Army.

“They have done everything to tarnish my image because they are all course mates. I don't know what I have done to them. Till today I haven’t collected salary. I can’t endure this again. Let the worst happen.”

SaharaReporters had on Friday reported that it had begun an investigation into alleged maltreatment.

The army in a release by Major-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, said the female soldier had yet to inform relevant bodies and institutions about her predicament before releasing the video.

https://saharareporters.com/2024/01/16/breaking-nigerian-female-soldier-who-complained-about-sexual-harassment-senior-military


Previous thread https://www.nairaland.com/7968292/female-army-officer-ogunleye-ruth

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by atiku4President(m): 8:52pm On Jan 21
Hope nothing bad happens yo her for speaking out. How could she have related to the appropriate authority when they will always tell you to "Obey the last order"

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by lordm(m): 8:53pm On Jan 21
This case should be handled with care

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by God1000(m): 8:53pm On Jan 21
This is serious

Why arresting her, I guess because she opened the Pandora's box

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by deltateam: 8:54pm On Jan 21
Chai. Corruption embarassed

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Donpuffy(m): 8:55pm On Jan 21
Why

Anyway, if anything should happen to her, we already know who to hold.

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by santaclaws: 8:55pm On Jan 21
Not surprised... I believe she'll resign eventually, but it's far better than being under the control of toxic military officials.

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by whytejoseph57(m): 8:55pm On Jan 21
Why

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Dagger111(m): 8:55pm On Jan 21
Investigation ongoing already.

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Walai(m): 8:56pm On Jan 21
She dey hot soup like this

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Whyme24(m): 8:56pm On Jan 21
Ok
Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by DenreleDave(m): 8:56pm On Jan 21
Disorganised military..

One reason I don't have any interest in it again.. So disorganised and lawless

If she never spoke out, they would still be oppressing her... Now she tried her best to complain but they would block her....

Na now army spokeman dey talk say she didn't communicate to them.. Why would she when you people won't do anytin.

I advise everyone should always speak up on the social media if you are being oppressed by anyone above you

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Chibuzoripob: 8:56pm On Jan 21
angry she should kip mute,deaf and dumb? Ogun kill the MOLESTORS

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Lexusgs430: 8:56pm On Jan 21
This is normal...... Arrest to HQ, then case investigated.......

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by MyExpression(m): 8:56pm On Jan 21
It's already too late for that.

Interested parties should involve Human Rights and Int'l Pro-women groups to intervene on her behalf.

The lady is suffering...she no wan do again.
Let her go in peace.

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Sccarrr: 8:57pm On Jan 21
I can see people already jumping into conclusion as usual...make una dey chill😂, if na one random lady call out someone for rape, sexual assault allegations,same una go shout na holosho, she wan destroy the innocent man blahbla....

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by RandomFellow: 8:57pm On Jan 21
Sadly, I don't expect her to get justice. She might get her funds released, but she will suffer. She'll be lucky not to be dismissed (but I think that's what she really wants). She sounds tired

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Lannyjoe4u: 8:57pm On Jan 21
Chus

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by frankblinkz(m): 8:57pm On Jan 21
I knew it will get to this.


In as much as I don't have the power to speak on military affairs, I know from a distance that the first and the last request from a superior to subordinate in the military is to OBEY .


Let the military Justice investigate this matter properly.
Alot has been going on in the military

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by BluntCrazeMan: 8:57pm On Jan 21
I knew this would happen.

I pray she comes out of this whole ordeal safely..

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by LaziestYouth: 8:57pm On Jan 21
Freedom of speech, But freedom after speech?
Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by BobbieZion(m): 8:58pm On Jan 21
Nigeria is a crime scene.

If I insult Naija now, they will say i am unpatriotic....what then is it to be patriotic about?

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by nedekid: 8:58pm On Jan 21
Snacks for at the top ogas..
Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by illicit(m): 8:58pm On Jan 21
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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Rodimi20000000: 8:58pm On Jan 21
Let’s see how NA will handle the case. The world is watching

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by tollyboy5(m): 8:58pm On Jan 21
Ol o ri bu ruku ni awon soldier yi o!
Efe fi uniform do omolomo,
Obey the last order and open yansh! grin
Una wey dey date female soldier

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by maasoap(m): 8:58pm On Jan 21
Yep. If you knew the history of the Nigeria's military, you would have seen it coming. Though, I don't know if it is like that in other countries too.

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by MrAgbako: 8:59pm On Jan 21
They simply wanna ask her to bring evidence that she doesn't have 😂

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by yordha(m): 8:59pm On Jan 21
This country is irredeemable.

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Re: Female Soldier, Ruth Ogunleye Arrested After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by iLoveYouToo(m): 8:59pm On Jan 21
Who will protect this lady? na wa oh


I believe this is pretty much standard procedure, it’s not an arrest

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