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HUMAN RIGHT ABUSE IN NIGERIA: REPORT FOR APRIL 2021

RAPE

On 22nd April, 2021, nollywood actor, Olarewaju James popularly known as Baba Ijesha, was arrested by the police for allegedly raping a 7 year old girl. The suspect is currently on bail. Click here for details.

Punch also reported that the NSCDC had arrested a man for allegedly raping a 10 year old girl. See details below. Click here for details.

Guardian reported that gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, attacked three women farmers at Irele-Ekiti in Ikole Local Council of the state for refusing rape. Police confirmed the incident. Click here for details

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

On April 4th, 2021, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) announced that they had  sealed off a baby factory in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State. Click here for details

On April 24th, Abdullahi Babale, NAPTIP North-West zonal commander, said the agency had received eight rescued under-aged children and arrested two suspected human traffickers in Kano State. Click here for details

On 20th April, officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons arrested four persons including a federal civil servant based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on allegations of buying and selling of babies and conspiracy to commit a crime. Click here for details

Uhuru Zem TV reported that over 70 children were recovered from people that steal and sell children. They advised that people whose children are missing should go to Evbotubu police station, Benin City. Click here for details

Punch reported that the government of Delta State had shut down an illegal orphanage home in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the State and relocated 22 children to a government approved orphanage. This is a laudable step taken by the Delta state government. Click here for details

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) announced that it had reunited 5 rescued children with their parents. The children, within the age range of 4-7, were abducted at various times by one 32 year old Musa Abdulrahman and sold to unsuspecting women in different parts of the country in the guise of adoption. Click here for details.

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

A 6 months pregnant Nigerian Lawyer known as Adaeze Ikpeama, tragically lost her live after reportedly being beaten into COMA by her husband. When Adaeze went into  coma and was rushed to the hospital by her good neighbors who came to her aid, Anthony followed them to the hospital and immediately she was admitted and oxygen was placed on her to resuscitate her, the husband went to her bedside and removed the oxygen mask, which led to her death. Click here for details

CHILD ABUSE

The Nigerian police rescued a 15-year-old girl imprisoned for 10 years by her parents, BBC reported on Tuesday. Click here for details

There are several other abuses went unreported. Human right NGOs and law enforcement officers have been working tirelessly to bring culprits to book and give victims justice. Victims have to be encouraged to report these violations, communities need to do more to support and not shame them, and the government should prioritize human rights. With more support and engagement, we can all win the fight against human right violations.  Click here for details.