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Nigerian Army Declares Officer AWOL For Marrying Foreigner, She Sues The Army

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Major N.U. Ukachukwu, a female Nigerian Army officer, found herself entangled in a legal dispute with the military leadership following her marriage to a foreigner and her subsequent voluntary resignation.

Background of the Case

In 2021, while on a doctoral research programme, Major Ukachukwu met and married K. Lawton in Scotland, UK. Upon deciding to resign, she communicated her intention to the Nigerian Army, anticipating the end of her military service.

However, the Army’s response was far from what she expected. Instead of accepting her resignation, the Nigerian Army declared her Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and proceeded with an order for her arrest, propelling the case into the legal realm.

Legal Proceedings and Arguments

Major Ukachukwu, feeling aggrieved by the Nigerian Army’s actions, took the matter to the Federal High Court, Abuja, under Suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/282/2023. She sought judicial intervention to ascertain her rights under Section 151 of the Traditions, Customs, and Ethics of the Nigerian Army, asserting that she had lawfully resigned and should not be deemed as having deserted her post.

Her lawyer, Godwin Idem, laid out the timeline and circumstances of her resignation, highlighting the bureaucratic inaction and eventual punitive measures taken against her. According to Idem, despite Major Ukachukwu’s formal communication of her resignation, the Nigerian Army took seven months to respond, only to declare her AWOL and later reject her resignation outright. The legal battle intensified with the Army’s insistence on her unauthorized absence and the initiation of an arrest warrant under the Armed Forces Act.

In contrast, the defense, represented by Deborah Bassey, Esq., argued that Major Ukachukwu had exceeded the approved duration of her study leave and failed to return to her duties in Nigeria as obligated. The defense stressed that the Army had not extended her study leave beyond October 2021 and contested the legitimacy of her resignation, citing regulations against marrying foreigners and the procedural requirements for commission relinquishment.

Judicial Ruling

The case took a significant turn when Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court adjudicated on the matter. In a ruling dated March 15, 2024, Justice Ekwo determined that the crux of the dispute fell within the realm of employment issues, particularly those related to military service and discipline.

He pointed out that the National Industrial Court, as per Section 254 C of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), holds exclusive jurisdiction over employment-related matters.

Justice Ekwo’s judgment emphasized the disciplinary framework within the Nigerian Army, noting that such matters are integral to the employment context and hence fall under the purview of the National Industrial Court. Acknowledging the procedural norms, he declined jurisdiction over the case, opting instead to transfer it to the National Industrial Court for a more appropriate adjudication.

In his reasoned decision, Justice Ekwo highlighted the importance of maintaining order and discipline within the military service, suggesting that the alleged AWOL declaration against Major Ukachukwu was part of broader employment and disciplinary considerations that the National Industrial Court should evaluate.

This transfer not only underlined the legal complexities surrounding military employment issues but also marked a pivotal step in determining the legitimacy of Major Ukachukwu’s actions and the Nigerian Army’s response thereto.

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Video trends as President Tinubu falls while climbing a parade car for Democracy Day celebration today (Watch)

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the trending conversations online as he falls while climbing a parade car for Democracy Day celebration.

This is coming after the 72-year-old president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria delivered the Democrazy Day speech.

Today, June 12th 2024 is the 25th Democrazy Day celebration of Nigeria, meaning the country is celebrating the silver anniversary of our journey in democracy.

While delivering his Democracy Day speech, Prsident Tinubu said that he was among those who took the risk to midwife the birth of democracy in the country.

He added that he understands the economic difficulties we face as a nation and by extension tells Nigerians to be more positive while promising to move Nigeria forward.

After delivering the Democrazy Day speech, Bola Ahmed Tinubu raises eyebrows online as he falls while climbing a parade car for Democracy Day celebration today.

The security details had to quickly rushed to him after he fell down and tried to raise him up.

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See reactions below;

tufab: Please sir don’t fall. You must finish your 12 years tenure oo. 🙏.

sonita_the_virtuous_girl: If this falling sweet you gather here>>>>😂😂😂.

veevyann: Naso prices of Foodstuffs go take fall this week in Jesus name🤲🏾.

lyric_onyems: Nice one! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.

nkemakonamu’: We are still standing on your mandate and you are already falling 😞.

castroevans1:He will be flown abroad and billions will be spent for his check-up… meanwhile, the common won’t be able access Healthcare, meanwhile doctors here would be paid a meagre stipend called salary…

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“This is a disrespect” – Police officer loses control as lady seduces him during car inspection on the road (Video)

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A video is making the rounds on social media that shows the moment a police officer loses control as he gets seduced by a lady during a car inspection on the road.

In the clip that has gone viral, the middle-aged lady while driving was asked to stop by the police officer while driving for a quick inspection.

However during this moment, the lady automatically turned on her romantic state as she was seen seducing the police officer and by extension, the police officer who was actively doing his job became the victim.

The police officer asks the lady for her particulars and the lady responds by putting her particulars in her mouth and then moving it in the direction of the officer so that he can take it.

The police officer seems to be left with no choice and he reacted by collecting the particulars by stretching her his hand toward her mouth and collected the particulars from there.

Following that, the lady continues to seduced the police officer as she was seen locking her lips with her teeth together and the duo ended up looking at each other.

The police officer who has lost control while standing was seen staring at the lady inside the car in what could be described as “love is a beautiful thing.”

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laughpillscomedy: This Gen Z plays too much 😂.

ble_ssing_sunday: This Olopa don wet but maintaining maximum composure😂😂😂.

uchenna4712: If they arrest this one now they go day disturb us with justice for her.

attih_soul: Stop doing this. If he thinks you’re flirting and wants to do something with you, what will you do? What if he decides not to understand that it’s not a joke? Don’t tempt the devil to tempt you 🙏🏼.

azapeter_1: his is very wrong You can’t try this outside Nigeria That’s why I don’t like visiting this country.

director_h20: This is 💯 crime. U can’t seduce an officer.

funny_thinker1: See the power of a woman, she made the conStable unStabe 😂.

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JUST IN: Four Nigerian pilgrims arrested for planning to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia

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Four intending hajj pilgrims have been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while trying to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia.

The suspects lodged at Emerald Hotel in the Ladipo area of Oshodi, Lagos State, were caught ingesting wraps of cocaine ahead of their flight to the holy land on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

The four suspects were identified as Usman Kamorudeen, 31; Olasunkanmi Owolabi, 46; Fatai Yekini, 38; and Ayinla Kemi, 34.

“The suspects were lodged in two rooms in the hotel, preparing 200 pellets of cocaine weighing 2.20 kilograms to swallow when NDLEA officers stormed their rooms. One hundred wraps of the Class A substance were recovered from each room, making a total seizure of 200 wraps. Two suspects were set to swallow 100 wraps each,” NDLEA stated.

Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, commended the Commander, officers, and men of the Lagos State Command of the NDLEA for conducting the operation.

He emphasized that the agency will continue to extend its efforts to track, trace, and apprehend criminal elements attempting to use the pilgrimage to carry out illegal activities that could tarnish the country’s image.

The NDLEA chief also stated that the agency would collaborate with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to ensure that the designated recipients of the seized illicit drug consignments in Saudi Arabia are also traced and dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health has approved the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to operate two main clinics for Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah.

The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi, made this known in a statement by the commission’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Fatima Sanda-Usara, on Sunday in Abuja.

Arabi said the approval letter was received by Dr Abubakar Isma’eel, NAHCON’s Head of Medical Mission for the 2024 Hajj Season.

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is happy to announce that it has received approval to operate two main clinics in Makkah in the meantime.

“The Saudi Ministry of Health revealed this development through its medical consultants attached to Ithra Alkhair Company, NAHCON’s chosen service providers, otherwise known as Mu’assasa. The two main clinics are those located at Masfala/Kudai and Shari’e Al-Mansour areas. They serve as the medical head offices,” he said.

Arabi also said that approval to start running three other outpost clinics (Triage Outposts 1, 2, and 3) was still awaited.

“Dr A-Isma’eel expressed optimism that within the next 48–72 hours, the three outposts would also receive full approval to operate optimally. The proposed outposts are located at Nasarawa, Ogun/Oyo, and Borno pilgrim houses in Makkah, respectively,” the chairman explained.

He said that the GPS of the outpost locations would be made available to the Nigerian pilgrims within hours of approval.

“It should be noted that the outposts are strategically situated within pilgrims’ hotel clusters to aid accessibility,” he noted.

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