- More groups across the country are standing up against the rape menace currently witnessed across the nation
- In Benue, civil society groups held a rally to express their displeasure over the rising cases of rape in the state
- The organisers say 8 new rape cases were recorded in the Otukpo area in the last week
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Civil society groups on Tuesday, June 16, shutdown Otukpo, Benue in an awareness rally to end the scourge of rape in the community and the state at large.
The group, which staged a peaceful protest under the aegis of Benue Coalition Against Rape, (BeCare), lamented that the area had recorded 8 new rape cases in the last one week, describing the development as worrisome.
Convener of the coalition, Prince Yemi Itodo, while addressing the gathering said the march was to create awareness about the dangers of rape and the need to put an end to the menace.
His words: “This rally is aimed at speaking to the conscience of those who take pleasure in raping our women and to tell them its time to turn a new leaf.
“In the last one week, about 8 helpless girls were raped across various local government areas in Benue South, with only 3 suspects in police net.”
The group matched through the town to the Otukpo area police command; the Och’Idoma Square; Otukpo local government council secretariat and the palace of the first-class chief, Otukpo/Ohimini.
Nigeria has witnessed increasing cases of rape in the last few weeks.
Experts have called for massive sensitising of the male gender on rape, stressing that the Nigerian ministry of education should inculcate in the country's education system subjects to teach children very early effect of rape and other social vices.
Others say there will always be rape, especially in Nigeria, if authorities don't work on structures like street lights, cameras, reporting mechanism, DNA analysis and core technology.
Some others have called on the Nigerian government to legalise prostitution, saying it could check or stop rape.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ramatu Aliyu, has suggested that more grievous punishment should be meted out to persons caught engaging in rape.
Aliyu suggested that molesters should be castrated as a definite way to deter others from carrying out the act.
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