Thursday, June 04, 2020

INWOAD condemns incessant rapes, killing of women & girls in Nigeria - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
The Initiative for Women's Accelerated Development in Africa (INWOAD) has condemned the incessant rapes and killing of women and girls in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

The NGO also has joined other stakeholders in demanding for justice for the families of the latest victims Vera Uwalla Omozuwa, a University of Benin undergraduate who was gang raped and gruesomely murdered in Benin recently and 18 year old Barakat Bello who was killed in Ibadan.

In a press statement signed by the National President of INWOAD Ms.Evelyn Hauwa Onyilo and made available to ITREALMS, the Non- Governmental Organisation while condemning these heinous acts , called on the security agencies to bring the perpetrators of this evil act to book and bring them to justice.

The statement noted that sexually abusing and murdering of Uwalla in the precincts of a church and the killing of Barakat in rape related circumstances in her home shows that crime is taking a new dimension and all hands must be on deck to bring to annd this unfortunate rise in Sexual Gender Based Violence in Nigeria in line with the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015. We must enforce the VAPP act to protect our women and girls from evil people Ms Onyilo said.

It also stated that high incidence of sexual abuse and gender-based violence is a pointer that the seemingly strong are devising ways to lord it over the weaker persons and these must be checked, by way of swift, efficient and effective response to crime by law enforcement agencies.

It encouraged other victims and their families and indeed every Nigerian to speak out against these heinous crimes being increasingly perpetrated in our nation against women, girls and children due to a culture of silence and the fear of stigmatisation and ineffective investigation.

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