The Special Assistant on Gender and Development to governor Ben Ayade, Blessing Ekpo has frowned seriously at the increasing number of rape and other gender violence cases in the country at large and Cross River in particular.
Miss Ekpo in a press release made available to Genuinereports called on the security agencies to prosecute any offender found guilty of rape and other domestic violence issues. According to her, there have been reported cases of rape even in Cross River state and called for urgent measures to be taken by all a sundry to nip the menace on the bud.
See excerpts of the release below:
SA ON GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT TO THE GOVERNOR OF CROSS RIVER STATE CALLS FOR SERIOUS ACTION AGAINST RAPE AND GENDER VIOLENCE
The Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Gender And Development, Miss Blessing Ekpo has called for action against rape and gender violence in Nigeria. The SA made the call in response to the the growing number of rape cases in the country in recent times.
It can be recalled, albeit sadly, that recently, a 100 level student of the University of Benin, 22-year-old Uwavera Omozuwa was beaten, raped and murdered in a church in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.
The hashtag #JusticeForUwa is trending on social media in Nigeria and beyond to call for the perpetrators of the dastardly act to be tracked down, made to face the law and punished as a form of justice for Uwa.
Before that a policeman allegedly shot dead a 16-year-old girl, Tina Ezekwe, in Lagos. Tina was supposed to write WAEC this year. Two police officers have been arrested in Lagos for killing her and we want to see them prosecuted.
In April, an 18-year-old known only as Jennifer was allegedly attacked and raped by a gang of five men in Kaduna, in northern Nigeria. The family of the girl fearing the culprits could escape justice brought the information to public space.
Just yesterday, news broke that an 18-year-old girl, Bello Barakat, was reportedly gang raped and murdered by unknown men in Ibadan, Oyo state capital. The 18-year-old student of Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training, Ibadan, was attacked and killed while in her parents’ house.
Today, my office received information about a case of rape in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State. The case which is already before the Nigeria Police involves a father raping his 16 year old daughter somewhere in 8 miles, Calabar.
This is one case too many and it is time all stakeholders make strong commitments and take action to stop rape and gender Violence in the state and the nation.
Our state governor, His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade is poised to take serious action against those found to be guilty of such crime in the state. Surely we will leave no stone unturned to ensure justice prevails
I am calling on all leaders, including leaders in religious and traditional institutions, to speak up against rape and gender violence in Cross River State and beyond.
The Office of the Special Assistant to the governor on gender development is unveiling strategies in the next few weeks to curb these vices and warns all those who may be found guilty to be ready to face the wrath of the law.
Comr. Blessing Ekpo
SA to the Cross River State Governor on Gender And Development