Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Ghana: Women protest police harassment in Nigeria

Must read

Ghana: Young social activist helping to fight Covid-19 with a phone

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a major challenge remains in parts of Africa, reaching many with the message of the virus and the need to...

New Zealand is no longer free from Covid-19 after four new cases

New Zealand is no longer virus free, with four cases confirmed from one household in Auckland. The cases have no known source and authorities are...

Russia becomes first country to approve COVID-19 vaccine

Russia has become the first country in the world to approve COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after less than two...

Mali gets new constitutional court judges amid political crisis

New constitutional court judges have been sworn-in on Monday in Mali as the country continues to struggle to resolve and end a political crisis. The...
Ibrahim Alhassan
Ibrahim Alhassan is a Ghanaian journalist who focuses on political reporting in Africa.
- Advertisement -

A group of Ghanaian and Nigerian women are piling pressure on Nigeria’s government to end what it calls culture of assault on women by Police in Nigeria.

The group of women from diverse background last weekend embarked on a protest on the streets of Ghana’s capital Accra against the Nigerian Police Force.

They allege that the police in Nigeria unlawfully arrests and assault women in Nigeria especially the capital, Abuja.

The Abuja police last month raided bars, clubs, and lounges rounding up over 100 women for engaging in prostitution.

The women, who were arrested and detained for several days were taken to a mobile court and allegedly pressured to plead guilty to charges of prostitution on the spot.

Women assaulted and raped

- Advertisement -

Several of the women were sentenced to a month imprisonment with an option to pay an $8 fine (N3,000).

According to the victims those who could not afford the fines were assaulted by the police.

The women marched through the streets of Accra in Ghana.

Some of the arrested women accused police officers of rape. The placards displayed by the protesters had inscriptions that read; “Unlawful Arrest is Evil”, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights”, “Don’t rape us protect”.

- Advertisement -

Others read; “Her Today, Could Be Me Tomorrow”, “To Be A Woman Is Not A Crime”, “Sex for bail is rape”, “My dressing is my choice”.

These inscriptions were chanted by the protesters throughout the march. Addressing the media during the protest, a Convener of the protest who is a representative of The Eyes of African Women (TEAW) Fatima Derby described the action of the Nigerian Police Force as shameful.

Solidarity march

She said “We hear our Nigerian sisters and we march in solidarity with them because gender-based violence is a human rights violation that women everywhere suffer.

This situation is shameful and we call on the Nigerian government to investigate the matter and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. The police are supposed to protect women, not molest and assault them”.

The women are unhappy with the alleged harassment of arrested women in Nigeria.

The march ended at the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.

The co-convener for the protest and a representative of Stand to End Rape Initiative Adaku Ufere-Awoonor stated the injustice done the women cannot be allowed to go unanswered.

Ufere-Awoonor said “We are here to tell the Nigerian High Commissioner to go and tell the Federal Government of Nigeria that No means No, that we are tired of being raped and assaulted. We will no longer sit still while our bodies and autonomy are constantly violated by patriarchy.”

She added, “Each and every single one of us is valid and deserving of respect. Not one woman is better than the other. Because we are all bound by the same shackles in different degrees, and until all of us are free, none of us is free”.

Demand for action

The protest in Accra follows a similar one in Abuja by women making same demands of the Nigerian government.

The protests are being organized by several women rights groups in 3 countries; Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom.

The women are hoping these protests will put pressure on the Nigerian government.

The protests and social media campaigns with the hash tag #AbujaPoliceRaidonWomen are aimed at getting justice for the over 100 women arrested in Abuja over prostitution allegations.

The Police in Nigerian have however promised action against officers found culpable in the rape allegations. Abuja police spokesman Gajere Tanimu in a statement said that the department is taking the rape allegations against the task force seriously and investigations are under way.

“The command wishes to assure members of the public of its zero tolerance for unprofessional disregard to human rights and stiff punishments will be meted out to erring officers”.

The statement also noted that “a high-powered team was constituted to investigate the veracity of the allegation” against police.

“In this regard invitations were sent out to relevant individuals that may assist in getting to the root of the matter.”

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

- Advertisement -

More articles

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Ghana: Young social activist helping to fight Covid-19 with a phone

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a major challenge remains in parts of Africa, reaching many with the message of the virus and the need to...

New Zealand is no longer free from Covid-19 after four new cases

New Zealand is no longer virus free, with four cases confirmed from one household in Auckland. The cases have no known source and authorities are...

Russia becomes first country to approve COVID-19 vaccine

Russia has become the first country in the world to approve COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after less than two...

Mali gets new constitutional court judges amid political crisis

New constitutional court judges have been sworn-in on Monday in Mali as the country continues to struggle to resolve and end a political crisis. The...

Ghana: Hospital staff caught on video selling Covid-19 PPEs

An Africa Eye undercover investigation has revealed that some staff at the Ridge hospital in Accra, Ghana have been selling vital PPE for personal...