Police Confirm Arrest of 38 Year old Alleged Rapist

Police Confirms Arrest of 38 Year old Alleged RapistAuthorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of a 38 year old man, Ukegbu Azubike, who allegedly raped a 10 year old girl, said to be the daughter of his neighbour.

The incident which has provoked anger and worry among residents, is coming few days after two separate cases of defilement of 12-year-old girls were reported by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the state.

Spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, while confirming the development, said the suspected rapist was arrested on January 25, 2017 and has confessed to the crime.

Barely a month ago, scores of women lawyers in the state were thrown into tears following the arrest of a 50-year-old father over alleged sexual abuse and having canal knowledge of his 12-year-old daughter for four years.

FIDA Expresses Worry Over Defilement Of Minors In Bayelsa

FIDA, Bayelsa, MinorsWomen lawyers in Bayelsa State have expressed worry over the rising cases of defilement of minors and violence against the girl child and women in some parts of the state.

The lawyers, under the aegis of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), led by their chairperson, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, said the available data on cases recorded in the last three weeks showed that four underage girls were defiled.

They added that two girls were also attacked with machete while a seven-year-old boy was beaten to death over alleged wizardry.

In a statement issued at the end of their monthly general meeting held in Yenagoa, the women said although FIDA stood up for the victims while arrests were made, they were shocked that some of the suspects were released by the Police and victims’ families advised to settle out of court.

“With the alarming rate of violence against children, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Bayelsa State chapter, has called on security agencies to redouble their efforts in the proper investigation and prosecution of alleged suspects.

“FIDA noted that in the last two weeks there are several reports of Violence Against Children (VAC). FIDA cites the case where two girls were given bodily injury with a machete to the point of death; they were admitted at the Okolobiri General Hospital.

“A case of defilement of a seven-year-old girl by a friendly uncle in Ayama-Ijaw in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. Another set of four minors were defiled.

“The case was reported at the Akenfa Police Station and the perpetrator was granted bail and the parties involved were advised to settle out of court.

“Similarly in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, a seven-year-old boy was brought in dead at the Federal Medical Center after several bodily injury.

“FIDA learnt the boy was accused of witchcraft. He was beaten to death by his father and step mother,” the statement read.

Ogbise-Erhisere noted that the incidents were painful and worrisome, despite the campaigns being staged by FIDA in Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.

Female Lawyers Promote Girl Child Rights In Nigeria

Girl Child, Lawyer, FIDAFemale lawyers across the country have come together to figure out ways to enhance the development of the female gender in all its activities.

They gathered at the quarterly National Executive Council meeting of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

The event, themed “The Girl-Child in Contemporary Nigerian Society: Challenges and Prospects”, was formally declared open by the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri.

Justice Abiri said that the essence of the meeting was to deliberate on the women course and the protection of children, not only in Nigeria but the world at large.

The keynote speaker, Professor Festus Emiri, emphasised the need for lawyers to begin to look at law from a contextual angle and perspective.

While another speaker, Barrister Koboeze, also stressed the importance of the passage of the Child Rights Law and its benefit, others opined that the Nigerian child needs more protection from the society.

The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, was also present at the gathering. He said that the protection of children and women remains one of the achievements of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration.