A 17-year-old female student of Government Secondary School, Sopp in Plateau State, Miss Simi Danladi, has accused one of the soldiers manning a checkpoint in the state of shooting her for refusing his lustful advances.
Simi, an SS1 student, made the revelation on her bed at the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos where she is receiving treatment. A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau), told his colleague-lawmakers yesterday at plenary that he personally visited Simi in the hospital where she opened up to him about the s*xual harassment and deliberate shooting by the soldier.
Gyang further disclosed that apart from Simi, two other people, Danjuma Kaze and his son, Irimiya, were also shot and were receiving treatment at Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos. Consequently, the House resolved to investigate the alleged s*xual harassment and shooting of a female student by a soldier in Plateau State.
This was sequel to a motion jointly moved by Gyang (PDP, Plateau) and Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau). Presenting the motion, Gyang informed the House that on October 19, 2017, indigenes of Sopp in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State embarked on a protest against soldiers manning check point in the community, who had earlier caused the death of two boys. He added that in the course of the protest, one of the soldiers shot Miss Simi Danladi for allegedly refusing his lustful advances.
Contributing, Pwajok noted that since Simi identified the soldier and was ready to testify, she should be provided with security because her life was presently in danger. Speaking on the military operations and abuses, Gyang said: “While the military high command has repeatedly assured the citizens of its commitment to the observance of human rights as amply embedded in the rules of engagement, there are behaviours and actions of some operatives that are negating this noble quest.
“The military personnel whom the nation has entrusted with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of citizens are turning round to constitute a threat to the people.” Leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajiabiamila, questioned the involvement of military in the internal security of Plateau State when they were continually empowered to protect the nation from external aggression.
Gbajabiamila also stressed the need for the legislature to properly define what constituted s*xual harassment. “It is important we qualify and establish what is s*xual harassment, if we live that window open, we cannot give comprehensive sanction,” he said.
The House, therefore, mandated its committees on human rights, defence and army to investigate the matter and report back within three weeks for further legislative action. The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.