Thursday, June 11, 2020

Gender Security: Rights Group Condemn Increased Cases Of Rape, Calls For Justice Over Menace

Rights for All International, RAI, human rights group has condemned in total terms, the rising cases of rape across the country, calling for justice over the menace.

In a press statement signed by Executive Director, Okere Kingdom Nnamdi, the group condemned the recent rising cases of rape and defilement of children and girls in Nigeria and call on the Nigerian Police and the Ministry of Justice of both cases from Jigawa and Edo states to serve as deterrent to others.
While commending the Police for the arrest of some of the culprits, Nnamdi, condemned the report in the media that the Jigawa State Police Command said it had arrested 11 men for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the state.

According to him, the men were said to have raped the victim on different occasions. The suspects were said to have been arrested when one of them allegedly lured the victim to the Limawa Market in of the Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

He also advised against the spread of fake news surrounding such incidents, sighting the recent tragic rape and eventual murder of a 22 year old student of the University of Benin, which he said is currently causing outrage across the country.

The ED called on the AGF to look into the proposal on this issue, as we indentified effective prosecution of offenders as a sure way to curbing the menace of rape.
“We call on the governments of both Jigawa and Edo states to ensure that these rapists did not escape justice and wrath of the law and demand that the culprits in all these cases be brought to justice,” he added.

Mr. Nnamdi further said rape has been recognised worldwide, as a very serious offence against humanity which accounts for its codification as a crime against humanity punishable by the International Criminal Court, ICC.
Quoting from Article 7 of the ICC Statute, RAI also made reference to section I (2) of the Nigerian constitution on Violence Against Persons Act, he noted that rape is punishable by imprisonment for life, except where the offender is below 14 years of age and in that case the offender shall be liable to 14 years imprisonment.

He further noted that RAI’s foreign partner, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International in 2017, gathered over 200 lawyers from across the country, who volunteered to assist the government to providing probono services in prosecuting sexual offenders in Nigeria.
He however regretted that three years since the proposal, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation has not responded positively to the partnership agreement.

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