Many Nigerians are speaking up following the story of 70 women arrested by the Abuja police, according to Mart Obono.
Mart Obono who is a lawyer explained that these women were arrested on the count of clubbing and in some instance, prostitution. Sadly, some of them have been assaulted with injuries in their vaginas by the same policemen who arrested them.
“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. The joint task force that arrested some of these girls have been allegedly molesting and assaulting them. Some even showed the bruises and bleeding in their vaginas,” his tweets partly read.
Meanwhile, Nollywood producer, Dorothy Njemanze, who is also an activist, confirmed the story of Mart Obono, noting that some of the policemen forcefully used pure water sachets as condom.
Dorothy, who went with her team to see some of the girls as they were arraigned before a mobile court, said the girls were asked to pay a fine of N5, 000 or have sex with the policemen.
“Some more females abducted over the weekend are about to be prosecuted at old parade ground, Area 10 right now. Those ones were called ‘stubborn’ . They are however preparing to plead guilty because they say they have been told they will be remanded for six months if they don’t,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
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We speak out against the unlawful rounding up and arrest of over 100 women from different locations in Abuja, they have been victimized and assaulted, their basic Human Rights trampled on. We say No, this is unacceptable. #humanrights #sexualassault @bbcnews @bbcnewspidgin @officiallindaikeji @diaryofanaijagirl @naijablogspot
This issue has started a conversation online with the hashtag #SayHerNameNigeria.
Pure water sachets ?? Pure water sachets ?? Because of 5k, our force raped random women they packed on the streets with pure water sachets ?? And then they were forced to plead guilty with no legal representation permitted ?? 70 women!#AbujaPoliceRaidonWomen #SayHerNameNigeria
— A babe. #SayHerNameNigeria (@ebelee_) April 30, 2019
How do you raid a club, arrest 70 women on false claims of prostitution, leave out the men, detain them, ask for N5000 bail, rape them with pure water satchets as condoms, deny them legal intervention, prevent them from making calls? #SayHerNameNigeria #AbujaPoliceRaidonWomen
— Ibrahima Saheed (@Mboydebest) April 30, 2019
This issue of the Abuja agency violating the Constitution by unlawfully arresting women going about their business, which led to these women being sexually assaulted by the police, is why we need gender mainstreaming and gender-sensitive laws. #SayHerNameNigeria
— The Law (@AdakuUfere) April 30, 2019
If we don't act now nothing changes✊ #SayHerNameNigeria
same way people thought the EndSars hashtags were useless!
You have a voice, use it!
Speak against police brutality against these women!
— Nancee (@NanceeSamson) April 30, 2019
It is such a shame that instead of tackling the fact that these women were assaulted by the police with injuries in their vaginas,
the opinion of the general public is that "good women" should stay at home because going clubbing means "inviting" violence.#SayHerNameNigeria
— As Equals Africa (@AsEqualsAfrica) April 29, 2019
Imagine using religion & culture as reason to criminalize sex work. The same religion that’s against drinking, smoking and Fornication. But of course we pick the one that mainly affects women to criminalize & come here to form Morally upright .#SayHerNameNigeria
— A babe. #SayHerNameNigeria (@ebelee_) April 30, 2019
Women can’t go to clubs alone
Women can’t dress up without being harassed
Women can’t get justice when they are being assaulted
Women are arrested and raped by the Nigerian Police
Being a Nigerian woman is an extreme sport #SayHerNameNigeria #SayHerNameNigeria
— Ghost (@Sisitory) April 30, 2019
Everybody saying we shouldn't bring in gender into this story about women arrested needs to keep quiet.
These women were arrested because:
1. As Nigerians we have a terrible way of looking at women who go to clubs as "wayward" and "asking for rape". #SayHerNameNigeria.
— The Angel Nduka-Nwosu | #SayHerNameNigeria (@asangelwassayin) April 30, 2019
The same people we are supposed to run to protect us have in turn become the ones who assault us. How do you expect people not to take law into their hands when they can't tell the difference between a policeman, a rapist, a kidnapper and a robber? #SayHerNameNigeria
— Asphodel (@TheIfedolapo) April 30, 2019
— Ijeoma (@Art_of_Achalugo) April 30, 2019
Court Sentence 27 Women To Prison For Prostitution in Abuja | #CourtNewsExtra
— Anumoka O. Jesse (@AOJ_Jesse) April 30, 2019
– When #EndSARS was going on, both women and men shared outrage, even though the victims were predominantly men
– Prostitution needs to be legalized
– Prostitution is a crime, but patronizing prostitutes isn't?#SayHerNameNigeria
— Adorable Gangsta Badass (@ladefalobi) April 30, 2019
It’s been over 24hours since the news of women being randomly picked at clubs, detained, & raped broke out. Yet not one of the clubs have attempted to SUE these men for raiding, harassing, & raping their customers. This is a joke! #SayHerNameNigeria #AbujaPoliceRaidonWomen
— 💥The Female Community Speaks (@TFCSpeaks_) April 30, 2019