Women ProtestHundreds of protesters marched through the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday demanding an end to police impunity after officers were accused of carrying out a string of sexual assaults.


“Being a woman is not a crime,” protesters chanted during the march, which was organised by several women’s rights groups and civil society organisations.


“My body, my life,” they added.


Dozens of women were dragged out of nightclubs, hotels and bars in Abuja last month in police raids, and then arrested for prostitution – a charge many furiously denied.


Testimonies from women provide shocking stories of multiple and brutal sexual assaults carried out by police officers after their arrest.


The sweeping police crackdown in the federal capital sparked outrage in the news and on social media in Africa’s most populous nation.


“In Abuja women were raped, robbed and humiliated just because they are women,” Amnesty International said Friday. “Those responsible of these violations must be brought to justice.”


Last week a presidential spokesman said that “a thorough investigation of what happened” was being carried out.


“This administration will not tolerate any violation of the individual freedoms of our people,” the spokesman added.


But protesters on Friday said they were skeptical such promises will be followed through and pointed out that more women have been arrested.


“We are asking for them to stop the raids on women,” said the lawyer for several of the women arrested, Jennifer Ogbogu, who joined the march.


Ogbogu said five women were arrested on Thursday night.


They were reportedly grabbed off the street, including while riding motorcycles or out shopping – and “accused of prostitution”, she said.


Prostitution is illegal in Nigeria.

By Dominic C. Odoh


Click to Follow DcoGlobalNews.com

DCO Global News Contacts: For information on Press Releases, News, Advertisements, Videos, Photos, Events happenings, Promotional Events and Adverts, Share your stories with us, Please Call or Send a Text to our Whatsapp number; +886963563485, +886970840314.

Or send an email to; chionikdom02@yahoo.com, emydom29@gmail.com

(Like and Follow our Facebook Page; DCO Global News)

(Follow us on Twitter; @Dcoglobalnews)

(Follow us on LinkedIn; Dco Global News)

(Follow us on Tumblr; Dcoglobalnews)

(Follow us on Google +; Dco Global News TV)

(Subscribe to our YouTube Channel; DCO Global News TV)
Subscribe to DCO Global News. Advertise with us. Send us enquiries, press releases.
DCO Global News Promotes the Values of Democracy, Human Rights, Values of Life and Freedom of Expression in a Region Where Genuine Media Freedom Remains Elusive and where many Media outlets remain Divided along Ethnic Lines.

Let’s 🚶 Walk   the 🚶  Walk 🚶   Together.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s