Group Advocates Stiffer Penalty For Rapists In Anambra State 

Hyacinth Chinweuba

Anambra State Police Command, on Tuesday, August 11 2020, received Okpotokpo Adaigbo Worldwide Association in Anambra State, on a visit to the State Commissioner of Police, John Abang at the Command’s headquarters, Akwa.

The visit, according to a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Haruna Mohammed, was to register their displeasure over rising cases of rape against women in the State.

They were said to be on a peaceful rally against rape and other sexual violence in the State.

According to the statement, “ As part of their activities to mark a one day Campaign Against Rape and other Sexual violence in Anambra State, the Okpotokpo Adaigbo Worldwide led by it’s Coordinator, Mrs Ogochukwu Okparasili, today, paid a visit to the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command CP John B.Abang.”

The statement stressed further on the purpose of the rally, which according to the women group  is to “Express concern over increasing cases of rape and other sexual violence against women”

The association also stated that the victims families, friends and indeed the entire society suffers permanent social and psychological effects throughout their lives. They also advocated stiffer penalties against  perpetrators.

Responding, the State Commissioner who was represented by the Command’s Public Relations Officer,  welcomed the group to the State Command headquarters and assured them of Police  readiness to support the association towards realising their goal of making Anambra a rape free State.

The Abang further stated that the Command under his watch will continue to partner with the association and other stakeholders to enhance safety and security in the State.

It would be recalled that only recently, the Inspector-General of police, Mohammed Adamu, while on a routine visit to the Presidential Villa disclosed that  the Nigeria Police Force recorded 717 rape cases between January and May.

Adamu said 799 suspects have so far been arrested while 631 cases have been conclusively investigated and charged to court. He said 52 cases are still being investigated.

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