Protests demanding declaration of state of emergency on rape and sexual violence intensifies in Nigeria

With the spike in sexual violence against women and rape incidents in Nigeria, residents of Lagos have demanded urgent action against it.

On June 8, protesters took to the streets of the West African country’s largest city demanding from the Government of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency on rape and sexual violence.

The protests in Nigeria are being held after the demise of a 22-year-old student, two days after she was raped in a church in the southern city of Benin.

The death of Uwaila Vera Omozuwa Cames became the symbol for reckoning the uptick in the violence against teenage girls in particular and women of the country in general.

The protest got the support of the Nigerian celebrities who later augmented the calls against sexual violence in the West African country, including Nollywood actress Hilda Dokubo, who joined earlier protests on June 5.

 A group named Women Against Rape in Nigeria said, “These unfortunate events are not a standalone, rather they are a culmination of unhealthy cultural practices”.

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