Edo CP Vows To Deal With Suspects Who Assaulted 24 Years Old Ada, Says No Iphone ‘X’ Missing

 The commissioner of police in Edo State, Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu has vowed to deal with the  suspects who molested and dehumanized  2

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 The commissioner of police in Edo State, Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu has vowed to deal with the
 suspects who molested and dehumanized  24 years old Favour  Ada Friday on alleged stealing of an iPhone ‘X’ set for which she was beaten with pepper inserted in her private part. The incident took place at Lucky lgbinovia house at Ugbihoko area, in the state capital, Benin City.
The CP, Odumosu disclosed that with the investigation carried out so far, the police discovered that,
no phone was missing. He said the law must take its course.

The commissioner made the disclosure when a coalition of FlDA, NGOs, CSOs and other women groups in Edo State staged a protest to  the state police command to express anger and outrage over the total harassment of women and girl children in the state.

 The angry women who displayed placards calling for justice and an end to abuse of women and girls, demanded the protection of women and girls to end further abuses.

 He explained, “The suspects were displaced and charged  to court, as well as the landlord of the house; eight of  them were involved -six were arrested, including the landlord of the house. He did not only provide his house for the dehumanization of the woman, he equally saw it. l asked  him if if this happens to have been done to his wife, daughter. what would be his reaction, he did not talk. But, the law is going to take its course.
 “All the suspects have been charged to court and been remanded in Oko prison. l assured you the
 suspects will pay for it. On our part we will make sure we carry out our probe carefully… That will serve as a deterrent to others. They were charged on 14 counts including an attempted murder, dehumanization and trial by ordeal and extortion.

“At the end of the day we discovered that the allegation of iPhone X theft leveled against the woman was just cooked up in order to extort money from her. The phone that was alleged to have been
 stolen was never stolen”.

The CP also used the opportunity to caution landlords, caretakers and hoteliers to  be watchful in respect of the kind of people they accommodate to avoid barbaric and evil acts being carried out in their
domains.

 “l want to use this forum to warn all landlords and hoteliers because the whole incident started in an hotel.”

The police boss said the involvement of the state commissioner for Justice in the protest will further strengthen the women’s cause.

‘With the involvement of commissioner of Justice in this rally, we are going to have the full stringent of
 the law. Every complaint on gender issues will be handled by me. Security is everybody’s business. I must thank you on behalf of the lG (Inspector General), and for coming out to protest against this evil act, I really appreciate you. l thank you because you are assisting the police. What you people are doing now is community policing,” he buttressed.
ln her remarks, the commissioner for Justice and  Attorney General of Edo State, Prof. YinkaOmorogbe urged the CP to allow Justice prevail on the matter.
 “l speak from the perspective of justice. Justice is for all and one thing we need to realize is that everybody is entitled to justice. Women comprise half of the population of Nigeria, and they are eligible to the same rights that everybody has. l think that is one thing we want to emphasize on. The Ministry of Justice is committed to this struggle.”
She said the women want to ensure justice prevails.
 “What we want is to ensure justice is done in this issue. We want you to help us to ensure we get full investigation. We are dealing with gender violence. Justice is for all in Edo State, we are very much more interested on this case,” she stressed.
 Also commenting, the Edo State NBA chairman, Prince Collins Ogiegbean, appealed to the police boss
 to allow justice to prevail. “Society is no longer the way it used to be. We do not want to go back to the difficult state in nature where life was so short, nasty and brutish;  when every man was taking laws into his hands. But in all of these, we must call on the security agency to carry out proper investigation and pursue justice. We must remember always that justice is a three-way traffic; justice for the victim who is crying out for justice from the society.
Also, chairperson of FlDA, Miss lreneOmorogiuwa, expressed disappointment over the spate of  jungle justice in Edo State. “This issue of jungle justice must stop. We have a young girl who has been raped and dehumanized. We want to use this medium to call on government to assent to the Violent Against Persons Prohibition Bill, VAPP 2019, issue that has to do with female genital cases, which we believe is a strong source of issues happening on daily basis.

“My commissioner, help us so that the men killing all women in Edo State stops. All the women in Edo see it as a fight against every woman, this must stop,” she cried.
 The women who, staged their protest around various major streets in Benin city decried massive
 violence meted out against women by men and appealed to the Oba of  Benin, key stakeholders in the state and Governor Obaseki to rescue them.

Following the massive protest, Governor Obaseki has signed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition ill into law, laying further grounds for nailing violators.

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