NGO demands justice for rape victims

Following the rising spate of rape of young girls across the country which has also led to the death of innocent girls, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Let’s Talk Humanity Initiative (LTHI), has demanded justice for victims of rape and assault.

LTHI specifically noted the death of 22-year old Uwa Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin and 18-year old Barakat Bello, a student of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moore Plantation, Ibadan, who were killed in their prime.

The founder, LTHI, Mrs Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, while expressing sadness over what she described as the rising spate of sexual violence in Nigeria, said the government must rise up to the challenge and address the situation of alarming cases of sexual violence, noting that many of such cases are never properly investigated and prosecuted.

She alleged that the issue of previous cases of sexual violence being swept under the carpet due to influence of authorities is partly responsible for the rising spate of sexual violence in the country. 

Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi said: “It’s so disheartening and I condemn it on all grounds, there is an urgent need for us to strengthen our laws to ensure maximum punishment for rapists and I hope justice will be served for the perpetrators of this evil act.”

She called on the Nigeria Police Force to immediately take a prompt action on the need to end the rape culture in Nigeria, demanding that the rapists/killers of Uwaila Omozuwa and Barakat Bello be immediately brought to book in order to serve as a deterrent to other rapists that are still lurking around and a template of justice for rape victims.

The human rights advocate used the medium to charge NGOs to rise to the challenge of child abuse in the country, adding that: “There is the need for non-governmental organisations to start orientating young boys and men that rape is as grievous as murder. We call on other NGOs to join us in this fight against rape and child abuse.”

She equally urged the Federal Government to strengthen institutions saddled with the responsibility of child advocacy throughout the country in order to curb the menace of child abuse.

“Our goal is to work and change the orientation of Nigerians on child abuse. We are fighting for stricter laws and regulations. Millions of children in Nigeria are being abused annually with so many cases not being reported by the victims,” she stated.

She also appealed to traditional and religious leaders on the need to condemn any form of child abuse under the premise of tradition or religion, urging Nigerians to report any case relating to child abuse to any child protection centre close to them.

Source: Voice of Nigeria