NAWOJ Plateau State decries rampant sexual and gender-based violence in the country
The Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Plateau State, has decried the rampant reoccurring of sexual and gender-based violence being perpetrated around the state and the country with impunity.
The Association condemned in totality the alleged rape and indecent assault of a nursing mother, one Mrs Kangyang James, who was attacked by some Fulani herdsman, while returning from her farmland at Diyen Hamlet of Rim district in Riyom local government area of Plateau State.
Chairman of the Association, Mrs Jennifer Jacob Yarima, disclosed this in a statement, after visiting the victim and the area of the incident. She said the perpetrators of the act, Mohammed Yahaya and his younger brother were apprehended after committing the act, and are presently in custody of the Police Criminal Investigation Department in Jos.
The Association noted that, this act has continued unabated in Riyom local government council and other nooks and crannies of the state. It was also reliably gathered that two other women within the same community were raped to death and their bodies were dumped in open space.
According to the statement, this requires quick intervention and co-operation of each one to end the misbehavior of these miscreants, and called on survivors of any form of violence to speak out against ills perpetrated on them so as to forestall future occurrences and let the law take its course.
The Association appealed to the state government to take urgent measures towards curbing the increasing wave of rape and other violence conducted against vulnerable women in the state, through the legislation of strong laws to deal with heartless perpetrators of these crimes.
NAWOJ also commended the efforts of the Divisional Police Officer in Riyom for their prompt intervention on the matter and the speedy transfer of the case to the state CID for further investigations.
The Association, therefore, called on the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and other relevant authorities responsible for protecting and ensuring the rights of the average Nigerians to be adequately protected to champion this course, in order to ensure that the victim, Kangyang James, has access to justice.