Amnesty International Calls For The Release Of Maryam Aiwasu, Who Is Pursuing Justice For Victims Of Sexual Violence In Northern Nigeria


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Amnesty International is calling for the release of one of the leaders of the #ArewaMeToo movement, Maryam Aiwasu, who is pursuing justice for victims of sexual violence in Nigeria.

Few days ago, women in the north started sharing their sexual abuse stories while calling out their abusers through the hashtag #ArewaMeToo.

Shockingly, Maryam, who is championing this cause, was arrested on Tuesday, the 19th of February, in her office in Kaduna by a convoy of officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Responding to the arrest, the Director of Amnesty International, Osai Ojigho said that she must be released immediately as her arrest appears to be an attempt to intimidate and harass her and other women supporting #ArewaMeToo

He said,

While arresting Maryam, the police attempted to gain access to her laptop and mobile phone by force; this is clearly an effort to access the sensitive evidence she and other human rights defenders have been gathering to seek justice for victims of sexual violence.

Maryam and the other brave human rights defenders working with the #ArewaMeToo movement must not be silenced or punished for the vital work they do. For too long, Nigeria’s women have been facing various kinds of sexual violence that seldom receives proper attention from the country’s law enforcement agencies.

It is unacceptable that women working on behalf of these victims are subjected to such arrest and intimidation, and we fear that these actions may prevent victims of sexual violence from pursuing justice.

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  1. Mefe Ebiere Lora

    Mefe Ebiere Lora

    February 20, 2019 at 9:11 am

    They should give them voice to speak Muslims girls are also humans

  2. Obakpororo Agbaire

    Obakpororo Agbaire

    February 20, 2019 at 9:23 am


  3. Khady Mu

    Khady Mu'sud Hamza

    February 20, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Dis wrong and not acceptable …she must b released….north men are cowards. …dat truth dey are running away from will b released

  4. Arinade Faloye

    Arinade Faloye

    February 20, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Is this democracy? Is this the Nigeria we prayed for when we were younger? The Nigerian government unfortunately takes a step backward in protecting us Nigerians in the 21st century where other governments keep moving forward. We honestly need a new government that cares for our interest – NOT APC OR PDP or whatever other party that is self seeking. So so sad

  5. Rebecca Enomfom Ekerenam

    Rebecca Enomfom Ekerenam

    February 20, 2019 at 9:59 am


  6. Aibe Hassana

    Aibe Hassana

    February 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

    That’s the new trend in kaduna,if you speak out the truth,u’ll be arrested 😔

    • Asidoh Habibah

      Asidoh Habibah

      February 20, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Aibe Hassana not just kaduna. This has been a northern issue for as old as Nigeria, women are subjected to their father, brother and husband. A northern lady have no voice of her own. To dem it is suppose to be so.😡😡😡😡

    • Aibe Hassana

      Aibe Hassana

      February 20, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Asidoh Habibah tru talk,if we can have more platforms that speaks against violence against the vulnerable,I’m sure more people will be part of it

  7. Amara Okoye

    Amara Okoye

    February 20, 2019 at 10:21 am

    What will b their reason for arresting her

    • Ameena Tina Kato

      Ameena Tina Kato

      February 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Perhaps some old fool who has been an abuser is scared the girl he abused is going to speak out pretty soon… hence the need to shut down the leader

    • Amara Okoye

      Amara Okoye

      February 20, 2019 at 11:20 pm

      Ameena Tina Kato u r right

  8. Furera Hassan Abdulkarim

    Furera Hassan Abdulkarim

    February 20, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Just imagine the injustice! So we should just sweep it under the rug like it never happened!

  9. Cherry Betty

    Cherry Betty

    February 20, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I thank God every single day for not coming from the north. The women there are suffering

  10. Onyii Esther Enwedo Nwana

    Onyii Esther Enwedo Nwana

    February 20, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Una never see anything hell-rufai and buhari will deal with all of you

  11. Kemi Adebesin

    Kemi Adebesin

    February 20, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    I thought there’s freedom of speech in this country? Or is only honoured on piece of paper not in reality?
    She should be released as truth can not be silenced!!!

  12. Munachi Jennifer Onyema

    Munachi Jennifer Onyema

    February 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Way to go Nigeria. Instead of her to be praised she is punished.

  13. Sandra Uwakwe

    Sandra Uwakwe

    February 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Can you imagine 😧 God have mercy

  14. Morenike Ogundokun Braimah

    Morenike Ogundokun Braimah

    February 20, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Are we still in a primitive society?

  15. Margaret Ilo

    Margaret Ilo

    February 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Free Miriam! This is a democracy and not military rule!

  16. Jennifer Chioma Ekwenugo

    Jennifer Chioma Ekwenugo

    February 20, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Are we in military regime, where people cant even speak

  17. Chrisval Odey

    Chrisval Odey

    February 20, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Now that the women in the North have decided to talk and stand up for the truth boom! It becomes a problem haba!

  18. Loveth Okoro

    Loveth Okoro

    February 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    The president is their brother.. What do I know self. I’m not a Moslem na. Shebi make everyone join hands make we commit am the brothers and sisters are supporting him. We are going back to military regime soonest

  19. Maricruiz Mensah

    Maricruiz Mensah

    February 20, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Kamal Samaila

    • Kamal Samaila

      Kamal Samaila

      February 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      I’ve been following the hashtag since it started. U need to see the comments and useless excuses ppl r giving for abuse. Even saying things like it has passed n should be forgotten. So disgusting

  20. Bettergirl Agara

    Bettergirl Agara

    February 21, 2019 at 4:48 am

    It’s not news to me anymore that in Nigeria, you don’t speak against evil so…..

  21. Adaku Chibuzor

    Adaku Chibuzor

    February 21, 2019 at 10:51 am


  22. Zinat Inkx

    Zinat Inkx

    February 21, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Women are taking over dis world, men should reason n stop fighting it

  23. Justina Anekwe Ononye

    Justina Anekwe Ononye

    February 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    It’s quite unfortunate

  24. Omolola Akinyemi

    Omolola Akinyemi

    February 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Can you see that Nigeria is now full of zoo animals?? Where persons are maltreated for complaining about being abused, maltreated over being denied rights. Is that a country that deserves patriotism?

  25. Charity Ochuwa

    Charity Ochuwa

    February 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Now the women in the North knows better. You can’t silence them, never

  26. Ogah Gloria Ulelu

    Ogah Gloria Ulelu

    February 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    God have mercy

  27. Eila Davis Ihuoma

    Eila Davis Ihuoma

    February 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Do we no longer have freedom of speech again in Nigeria. These ladies should be allowed to speak out it will speed up their healing process.

  28. Victoria Ndubuisi

    Victoria Ndubuisi

    February 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I think we all need 2 join hand nd fight against this, it doesn’t matter if we er Muslims or Christain this is a fight for humanity

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