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Protest In Abuja Police Command Over Rape Of Sex Workers
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Protest In Abuja Police Command Over Rape Of Sex Workers

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Some aggrieved Nigerians stormed the FCT police command to protest the alleged rape of some commercial sex workers by policemen.

This week, about 70 suspected sex workers were arrested after a joint task force raided Caramelo, a popular strip club, and some other parts of Nigeria's capital city, Abuja.

Some of those arrested were allegedly raped by police officers, an allegation the FCT police command said it has set up a “high power” team to probe.

That, however, didn't stop protesters from storming the command on Saturday morning, demanding a public punishment for the culprits.

“Sex for bail is rape”, “To be a woman is not a crime”, “You should protect us not harm us”, were some of the inscriptions on the placards held by the protesters.

“We are here to tell the police that you, the police, are supposed to be our friend. We are women, we should be free to wear whatever we want to wear without being arrested.

"It is not a crime to be a woman. We will not be silent, we are here because of the recent happenings at Utako (Caramelo) and other places. The police are supposed to defend us, not rape us,” Rebecca Umar who led the protest said.

Activist, Aisha Yesufu, also joined in the protest and was of the opinion that it is the right of a woman to dress the way she wants.

“I have the right to wear a hijab and another has the right for mini and not wear anything. It is our fundamental human rights, you do not have a right to label a woman a prostitute because of the way she is dressed. The Nigerian police, you are all out here with your guns, why are you not on Abuja-Kaduna road?” Yesufu said.