Group seeks prosecution of Cops involved in sexual Abuse of 59 sex workers

Group seeks prosecution of Cops involved in sexual Abuse of 59 sex workers

The Rule of Law Development Foundation (ROLDF) has called for the prosecution of Abuja Police operatives involved in the recent alleged sexual assault of 59 sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It also tasked Federal Government to set up a Commission of inquiry to probe allegation of the Police personnel were named as

The Rule of Law Development Foundation (ROLDF) has called for the prosecution of Abuja Police operatives involved in the recent alleged sexual assault of 59 sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It also tasked Federal Government to set up a Commission of inquiry to probe allegation of the Police personnel were named as actors in the scandal.

The ROLDF founded by renowned legal luminary, Joseph Daudu (SAN), made the call in a statement by its Programme and Legal Officer, Augie Yaakugh Esq., on Sunday.

“We call on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Minister of Internal Affairs to forthwith submit a joint memorandum to the next Federal Executive Council meeting for the President to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the matter,” ROLDF stated.

It said the Commission of Inquiry is needed “in order to identify the culprits of this barbaric act with a view to bringing them to justice and finding lasting solution to the persistent acts of high handedness by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to investigate these allegations and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

The group condemned what it termed “documented abuses of the God-given rights of these women and child as citizens of Nigeria, whose rights are also guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“The acts of these policemen are barbaric and inhuman, exposing yet another manifestation of the rot and indiscipline within the Nigeria Police Force,” the Foundation said.

The Foundation also warned that it would not hesitate to bring a class action proceeding in court in order to enforce the rights of hapless Nigerians that are daily subjected to police excesses, high handedness and abuse.

“The action of the officers and men of Nigeria Police Force is unacceptable and connotes deliberate targeting of women within the Abuja environs.

“It has been persistently reiterated that it is important to create sensitisation and awareness programmes that will encourage women to report cases of abuse to authorities and that Police officers should receive civic education and training on issues of violence and its effects on victims as this would prepare them to handle such cases better.

“Where then do we turn to when these acts against women are allegedly being perpetrated by officers of the Nigeria Police Force who are constitutionally mandated to protect and serve,” the Foundation queried.

It noted that it is on record that one ACP Yomi Shogunle has sought to defend the indefensible and justify the misconduct of his men by stating on his twitters post that after all ‘Prostitution is illegal in Nigeria.’

“This is a sad commentary on the calibre of the leadership of the NPF. The women arrested for the alleged offence have rights and we will not hesitate to rise up to defend them when officers of the Force manifest inhumane conducts on them.

“Your tweet on the issue does not put you in good light and one cannot help but wonder the intellectual capacity of the kind of people the Force recruits.”

“The moral views of the Nigeria Police Force are not a justification for the high crimes of abuse, rape, assault and extort these women. The arrest of these women was illegal and did not follow due process,” ROLDF stated.

The women were arrested on Saturday, April 27, 2019 during a raid on nightclubs in the Federal Capital Territory and were detained at the Utako Police Station.

One of the women purportedly arrested had a two-month old baby and she was prevented from breastfeeding her baby by the desk Inspector.

Allegations are that the officers of the Utako Police station extorted money from some of these women before releasing them.

“Those who could not ransom their freedom with cash were cruelly and callously raped with the use of empty sachet water bags as condoms,” ROLDF said.

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