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Benue : Group record 15 r*pe cases in June

Saturday, 5 August 2017

At least 15 r*pes  cases have occurred in June involving children and girls between the ages of two and seven were recorded in  Benue State in July alone, according to leader of the Women Situation Room Nigerian, a civil society organisation, Magdalene Gbazua.

While speaking to Governor Samuel Ortom, represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Col. Edwin Jando, during their protest against defilement and r*pe, which are rampant in the country, Gbazua frowned on the rise in the incidence of r*pe, saying the situation had become worrisome and needed urgent attention.

She lamented that persons accused of defiling women and children were not properly prosecuted.

Some of their placards read, ‘Say No to r*pe’, and ‘Stop r*pe and Child Abuse’ among others.

The group said r*pe and defilement had far-reaching effect on the survivors and victims’ families, urging the state government to domesticate the law against r*pe, which was passed by the Federal Government in 2015.

Gbazua said the Women Situation Room Nigeria in partnership with the Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Abuse facilitated the protest, adding that the black attire symbolised pain, hurt and grief of the violation of babies, children and women.

She noted that the recent defilement and death of a 14-year-old girl in Lagos State necessitated the protest, which according to her, took place in 10 states, including Benue, Bauchi, Kano and Kaduna.

Ortom, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Col. Edwin Jando (retd.), commended the women for the peaceful protest, saying the state government in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, on Thursday night, raided five brothels within the Makurdi metropolis and arrested 72 commercial s*x workers.

The governor, however, told the protesters that they had embarked on a noble course, saying that he would press on the state House of Assembly and make sure that the bill was passed and assented to.

He stated that r*pe was a capital offence and whoever indulged in such an act must be punished.

“We have decided to visit all the red spots in Makurdi to chase away s*x workers and discourage people from engaging themselves in such ventures and we will arrest, persecute anyone found in that act because it is ungodly and a wicked means of living a life.”

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