Nigerians Outraged Over Alleged Sexual Abuse of Women Arrested by Police in Abuja
Nigerians Outraged Over Alleged Sexual Abuse of Women… Nigerians have taken to social media to condemn the alleged sexual abuse of a group of women recently arrested by police officers in Abuja.
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.
Martin Obono, a lawyer and activist, first raised alarm over the arrest when he took to his Twitter account (@martobono) to reveal that some of the women were molested and assaulted with injuries in their private parts.
one of the ladies arrested has a 2month old baby. She wasn’t allowed to breastfeed her baby by CRO in charge on duty despite continuous plea amidst tears. It took the intervention of a female police officer who called the DPO to overrule the decision of the inspector at the time
— M. M. Obono (@martobono) April 28, 2019
Since his revelation, Nigerians have jumped on the incident to question why the women were arrested to begin with and condemn the alleged sexual abuse.
Prostitution is illegal in the country but given the questionable nature of the Police Force on indiscriminately arresting people and charging them for crimes without probable cause or proper investigation, many have questioned how the authorities may have reached the conclusion that the arrested women were sex workers.
Nigerians have even more sternly condemned the alleged sexual abuse of the women as another manifestation of the inhumane conduct of officers of the Force.
There have been allegations in the past that officers routinely sexually abuse sex workers that they arrest during night raids. Many are allegedly typically forced to exchange sexual favours for their freedom.
Even though the arrest and alleged abuse took place on Saturday, Nigerians have been relentless in their criticism of the treatment of the women several days later.
The Police Force is yet to issue an official statement three days after the incident. Attempts to reach the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, for a reaction on the incident failed as he disconnected several phone calls from Pulse.
However, the Head of the Force Public Complaint Response Unit, ACP Yomi Shogunle, reiterated to “those making noise on the clampdown on prostitutes” that sex work is illegal in Nigeria. Posting the tweet on his Twitter account (@YomiShogunle) on Tuesday, he said prostitution is a sin under two main religions of FCT residents.
Those making noise on the clampdown on prostitutes in #Abuja;
•Prostitution is a crime under the law
•P is a sin under the 2 main religions of FCT residents
•Medicine says P is spreading HIV & STD
•P is lifeline of violent criminals
•P don’t pay tax
•🇳🇬 culture frowns at P.
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) April 30, 2019
Shogunle, a controversial figure, further said the medical field says prostitution is spreading sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and also serves as a lifeline of violent criminals.
He concluded by declaring that Nigerian culture frowns on prostitution and that prostitutes don’t pay tax to the government.
I am yet to digest this. Girls were arrested in Abuja Nightclubs, tagged prostitutes and were raped by police? And government isn't saying anything? And people are defending it? You are an idiot if you think this is a country. From leaders to citizens we are all disgusting people
— No one (@ilynem) April 30, 2019
Nightclub owners in Abuja better come together to put out a joint statement and sue the police.
Your customers are being arrested and raped for patronizing your business.
Don't be silent.
— Serious Bants 🇳🇬 (@Xcel_101) April 30, 2019
It is scandalous that the police in Abuja would arrest 100 women just because they went to a night club. No man in the night clubs was arrested. We have a Constitution that guarantees human rights and equality. What about arresting bandits and kidnappers? @PoliceNG_CRU @MBuhari
— Jibrin Ibrahim (@JibrinIbrahim17) April 29, 2019
It is so hard to think about the victims of the Nigerian Police in Abuja. Because it is a helpless situation. State sanctioned abuse. Who are you supposed to report to? Does this gov look like they care? This is in the capital and they don't care. You can't shame shameless people
— Omolola (@lolaloveandart) April 30, 2019
The Nigerian Police is in Abuja is using YOUR moral views as a justification to abuse, assault, rape, and extort women, and also to take away their right to liberty ILLEGALLY. These arrests are not following due process.
We all have to stand up against this.
— Chief orwelliANDYstopia (@andyRoidO) April 30, 2019
These #Police raids on Abuja night clubs are troubling – plus the allegations that the arrested ladies are subsequently raped by the officers! No, I'm not for nudity; but that's beside the point. Isn't this how #StatePower gets enlarged and citizens' rights eroded? @PoliceNG
— Remi Sonaiya (@oluremisonaiya) May 1, 2019
Besides tweet, what real steps can we take to stop the craziness going on in Abuja, and how do the police men raping the girls they have wrongfully arrested get punished???? This madness has to stop. I’m so ashamed of Nigeria
— Kemi Lala Akindoju (@lalaakindoju) May 1, 2019
This Abuja Police and Arresting women issue is paining my soul. I can't even talk about it without getting angry. Everything in Nigeria is out to kill you.
— HoneyBoss (@Akugbanche_D) May 1, 2019
OMG! Police rape women in Abuja, using pure water sachets as condoms, just because they were out at night!😢😭😭😢
God, do we have to wait for judgement day before some roast in hell?
— Thunderthighs (@Ogechitweets) April 30, 2019
We'd be having mad protest in front of the police station where those women were reportedly arrested in ABuja if Nigeria was a serious country. We all deserve this country.
— Steve Dede (@DizSteve) April 30, 2019
Amnesty International is concerned by spate of arrests and humiliation of women by FCT officials and the police, in some parts of Abuja. These arrests clearly show unacceptable deliberate targeting of women. #AbujaPoliceRaidonWomen #Nigeria #EndVAW
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) April 29, 2019