FIDA Vows To Get Justice For Niger Rape Victim

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From Tunde Suleman, Minna

Determined to stop incessant rape incidents in Niger State, the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) on Sunday vowed to go all out to apprehend and prosecute a spiritualist who allegedly drugged and raped a 33-year-old woman in the guise of delivering her from spiritual problems.
The suspect, Mallam Haruna Bello from Jikin Katangan in Kaduna State claimed to have a solution to the spiritual problems of the victim (names withheld), from Kano but who resides in Minna, Niger State capital.
It was gathered that Bello mixed something with water and gave the woman to drink for Spiritual cleansing after which she slept off and he had his way which resulted in pregnancy.
The State Chairperson of FIDA, Fati Suleiman Takuma, disclosed this to journalists in Minna, while presenting food items, clothing materials and undisclosed amount of money to the victim who gave birth last week.
Takuma said all hands must be on deck to ensure the elimination of any form of violence against women and children, especially rape, adding that the association will prosecute Bello and bring him to book.
According to her, “we have been taking care of the victim but unfortunately the offence took place in Kaduna. We have contacted FIDA chairperson in the state for prompt action. I have sent the details so that she can take up from there to ensure that the suspect is apprehended and charged to court. This scourge can have significant harmful and lasting physical, psychological and reproductive health consequences for victim, family and community.”
She however, advised that women, especially young ladies, should not go anywhere unaccompanied. “If she (the victim) had gone with someone it would have been difficult for the suspect to do what he did. Because she went alone, he took advantage of that and drugged her to have canal knowledge of her,” she explained.
The chairperson observed that perpetrators of rape in the country cut across class, status and religious orientation, including pastors, imams, traditional rulers, teachers, police, military and ordinary citizens.
The percentage of rape, according to her, by acquaintance is far higher than rape by strangers and rape victims cut across ages with the rape of minors and the elderly on a startling increase in Nigeria.

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