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Female soldier regrets joining Nigerian Army over alleged sexual harassment


A female soldier, Lance Corporal Philomena Nnamoko has recounts her distressing journey within the Nigerian Army, shedding light on repeated denials of her discharge requests amidst alleged maltreatment and sexual advances from her superiors.

During an interview with The Punch, she narrated her ordeal and struggles. She said “I joined the Army in 2009 to provide for my son after losing my husband. It was my only option,” reveals *Philomena Nnamoko* from Enugu State, expressing the dire circumstances that led her into military service.

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Further sharing her ordeal, Philomena recalls her time stationed in Ibadan as a harrowing experience marked by termination threats and abuse, including a chilling attempted rape incident in the guardroom, compelling her relocation for rehabilitation.

“Despite seeking medical help for fibroids and dental issues, I faced bureaucratic hurdles and callous responses from superiors,” laments Philomena, underscoring the neglect of her health concerns amidst her military tenure.

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Enduring surgery and relentless mistreatment, Philomena recounts being forcibly returned to duty despite her fragile health, enduring demotion and mistreatment despite pleading for discharge.

“I sought justice through legal avenues and human rights departments, yet my suffering persisted amidst negligence and intimidation,” reveals Philomena, highlighting the systemic flaws within the military hierarchy.

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