NANS solicits police support to end rape in Enugu



The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has solicited the cooperation of the Nigeria Police, Enugu State Command for its crusade against gender-based violence in the state.

The NANS National Ex-Officio 1, Miss Modesta Okoli​ said on Monday in Enugu while presenting an Award of Excellence and Certificate of Credence to the Uwani Divisional Police Officer, DSP Danladi Mashat.

She said that police was critical partner in the fight against rape and other gender-based violence.

According to Okoli, NANS as a body is ever ready to combat the problem in the area.

NANS is disturbed by the spate of rape cases recorded in parts of the country especially in the last five months.

“As a body, we have started a nationwide awareness against rape in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Female Students,” she said.

Okoli said that the awareness which had already been launched in some states would be flagged off in Enugu in September.

“We, therefore, solicit the support of the police command in the state to ensure that incidences of rape are checked,” she said.

On the award, Okoli said that NANS had singled out Mashat as an exceptional and incorruptible police officer in the state.

She said that of the 30 police officers nominated for the recognition, that the Uwani Divisional Police boss came top on the list.

“This award is to strengthen you to continue the good job you are doing,” Okoli said.

Responding, Mashat dedicated the award to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdurahaman Ahmad, whom he said, was the driving force behind his achievements.

The awardee said that the recognition would spur him to do greater service.

He said that his police division would be part of any activity by NANS aimed at stopping incidences of rape in the area.

“We have been battling with cases of rape and I will not want anyone to take advantage of women. Any rapist caught will be in trouble,” Mashat said.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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