Why Army Officer, Anele Poured Dirty Water On Me, Forced Me To Strip – Brutalized Corps Member
Why Army Officer, Anele Poured Dirty Water On Me, Forced Me To Strip. A serving corps member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ezeiruaku Fidelia, has narrated her experience with a female commissioned army officer, Lieutenant Chika Viola Anele.
In a recent video shared by BBC Pidgin, the corps member said she has always been humiliated by the military woman for no just reason.
She also explained the misunderstanding that led to the humiliation captured in the viral video.
Fidelia said: “The issue started when the Commander of the brigade at Army barracks hosted a competition so I was selected as an usher for guests.
“When I got there, I saw one of my friends, an officer that I played Ayo game with. As I was greeting him, Lieutenant Chika Anele came and shouted at me that I could not touch an officer who is in army uniform. As she said that to me, I drew back and returned to my duty post.
“On July 28, a message was sent via WhatsApp, Lieutenant Chika invited corps members to a meeting. I didn’t see the message initially but I went to the meeting and when I got there, she brought me out and said it was because of me she called the meeting and asked me to go and wear my NYSC uniform.
“When I got to my room, I saw that I was already menstruating and I needed to clean up so I could dress properly. As I was having my bath, she sent someone to come and check what I was doing, the person told her I was bathing.
“She called all the corps members and asked some to fetch water in a bucket and she took me to the backyard, back of the corps members’ lodge. She said I should do “press up, frog jump and all.”
“As I was doing the frog jump, she asked me to kneel, then asked some corps members to bring stones and asked me to carry them on my head. She said it was when she saw tears dropping from my eyes that she would release me. When I got tired, I dropped the stones.
“She asked them to bring sand. She started pouring it on my body and started cursing me. She said if I didn’t cry, she would not leave me. As she was pouring that on me, my body was already itching because it was dirty water. So, I pulled my jacket, it was remaining my white shirt. As she was doing that, my body itched more and I decided to pull my brassiere. She rained insults on me the more.”
Last week, a Nigerian journalist and human rights activist, Agba Jalingo, shared a video on his Facebook page showing the officer pouring an unknown white substance on the kneeling corps member after which she hit her with a bowl.
“#JusticeForIfenyinwa. This is what a commissioned female Army officer, Lt. Chika Viola Anele, did to a youth corps member, Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelia, serving at the 13 Brigade headquarters in Calabar after having an argument,” Jalingo had posted.
Following the publicity it received, Anele has since been arrested by the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police.
Fidelia, in a video, had said she was glad she had finally returned to Lagos State.