This past week has been a horrible experience for us. The killing of Tina Ezekwe in Lagos by a policeman who was supposed to protect her, Uwa Omozuwa was raped and murdered in a church in Benin, a 12-year old was raped by 11 men for 2 months in Jigawa State and Ada, a 13-year old raped in Enugu State. It has been a week characterized by forms of violence that have been allowed to fester in our society.
News broke out again on the morning of the 3rd of June of another case in Ibadan, Oyo State. The victim is alleged to have been attacked, raped and murdered. We have had enough and this is the time to end it.
We must initiate a sustained campaign to advocate for the review of our laws to impose more stringent punishments on offenders. These crimes continue to happen because of the failure of the criminal justice system to apprehend offenders and punish them appropriately. The case of the Kogi State Commissioner of Water Resources who was alleged to have raped and battered Miss Elizabeth Oyeniyi has not been resolved since April 2020 when the news broke out.
As we stand in solidarity with the victims of these crimes, we must ensure that the crimes do not continue to go unchecked. Our laws must protect victims and give them a platform to be heard without fear of stigmatization. We call on CSOs and other well meaning members of the society to stand up and use their voice to push the government to take drastic actions with immediate effect.
Abideen Opeyemi OLASUPO
Executive Director, Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative