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Enugu CP assures CSOs of partnership to check rape, sexual offences

Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, has assured Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of the command’s partnership to check rape, defilement and other sexual offences against girls and women.

Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Saturday that the commissioner gave the assurance on when a coalition of CSOs led by Prof. Joy Ezeilo, visited his office.

Ezeilo, Founder of Women Aid Collective (WACOL), led the team in a peaceful protest against rise in rape, defilement and sexual abuse in the country to the commissioner’s office in Enugu.

The police commissioner also pledged that the command would do everything possible to bring perpetrators of rape, defilement and other sexual offences to book in the state.

“I must commend you for your peaceful protest, which I will describe as timely, especially now that the hydra-headed crimes of rape, defilement and other sexual and gender-based violence seem to be on the increase everywhere in the world and not just in Nigeria.

“I personally frown at the occurrence of such heinous crimes especially the ones that hurt the innocent girl-child.

“The Nigeria Police Force under the able leadership of IGP Muhammad Adamu does not at any time condone felonies of rape, defilement, domestic violence and other crimes against the vulnerable group in the society,’’ he said.

Earlier, Ezeilo, whose group’s protest was titled: “Stand Still Protest against Rape, Defilement and Other Sexual and Gender-Based Violence’’, bemoaned the upsurge in cases of rape and defilement in the country.

She cited the recent gruesome rape and murder of 22-year-old, Miss Uwaila Omozuwa, in Benin, Edo State, a fresh undergraduate said to have been murdered in a church where she had gone to read.

The WACOL boss described the act as “sacrilegious and one too many against women; unacceptable and must be put to an end’’.

Ezeilo however, presented protest petition letters to both the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner, describing it as the coalition’s way of formally expressing displeasure with the increasing cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

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