Hundreds of Nigerians marched in Abuja to protest against sexual violence

In the wake of augmenting high-profile rape cases, Nigerian rights campaigners marched across the streets of Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in the nation on June 5.

The protests were held demanding justice for the rape of a 22-year-old student, Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, who had died two days after she was raped in a church in the southern city of Benin. So as to demand justice for Vera Uwaila Omosuwa and other women who were victims of rape in the West African state, more than 200 protesters marched around Abuja.

The protesters urged the politicians to set aside more money to tackle the issue and ensure police independence.

A statement by the country’s police force released on June 5, said that additional investigators were assigned to specialist gender violence desks. 

It read, “This is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the units to respond to increasing challenges of sexual assaults and domestic gender-based violence linked with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and other social ills within the country.”

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