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QRTV makes case for rape victims with new movie



The Chief Executive Officer, QRTV, Queen Rasheed, on Friday advocated for better treatment of rape victims in Nigeria.

The CEO during the premiere of the movie titled “Don’t Beg Now” in Victoria Island, Lagos,  said more attention should be paid to rape victims who were still going through trauma.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that “Don’t Beg Now” is an 80-minute movie, which portrays Kuchi Kris as a rape victim, who sought vengeance all her life.

“I grew up in Nigeria and I know a lot of Nigerian women, who have gone through sexual harassment.

“We do not have the exact statistics of rape cases in Nigeria because our hospitals do not have updated records.

“Before the making of the movie “Don’t Beg Now”, I spoke with victims who had gone through similar cases outside the country but I observed that the stigma story is common with Nigeria.

“People will discriminate against the victim thereby punishing her not the criminal.

“This movie is not just advocating for rape survivals to speak out but to encourage them not to let the stigma shut them up,” she said.

Queen Rasheed commended Kuchi Kris, who played Aisha Dabiri in the movie as the protagonist, as well other casts.

According to her, what is important to a rape victim is her general well-being and all that makes her heal from the trauma.

The Movie Director, Mr Olawore Jay, popularly known as Rola, added that a channel needs to be created for rape victims to speak out and feel protected.

“With `Don’t Beg Now’, our focus is on the trauma and all that happens to a rape victim after this evil act.

“We realised that a lot of people just talk about it without understanding the change that can occur in a girl or woman after being violated.

“What we are doing is highlighting the trauma with this movie, so that the attacker can think twice before carrying out the act,” he said.

Rola added that the movie, which was produced in one month focuses on showcasing the trauma associated with rape, using upcoming artistes.

He said the movie was produced as a contribution to Nollywood.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ifeyinwa Omowole


COVID-19: Oyo death toll hits 37



The Oyo State Government says it has recorded two new COVID-19 related deaths as the death toll in the state hits 37.

The Oyo State COVID-19 Emergency Operation Centre disclosed this on Tuesday via its official Twitter account @covid19oyo_eoc.that it was the latest statistics released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

It, however, disclosed that no new coronavirus cases were recorded in the state on Monday.



“Sadly, there has been 2 additional deaths as a result of complications from COVID19.

“Please continue to stay safe.

“#OwnYourAction #OYA #ProtectYourself,” the centre tweeted.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases is 3,050, while the number of active cases in the state is 1,330.

A total number of 1682 coronavirus patients have recovered from the highly contagious virus in the state.

NAN reports that the state continued to hold the third spot for total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with Lagos and FCT leading in the first and second positions respectively.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara (NAN)
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Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape



After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.

Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.

She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.

According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.

“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.

“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’

Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.

“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.

“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.

“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.

Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.

“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.

“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.

“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’

Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.

According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.

She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.

Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
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Rape: NAWOJ embarks on nationwide protest



The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has started a one-week nationwide protest against increased cases of rape, killings and other forms of violence against women in the country.

The NAWOJ National President, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Omowole said that the protest would be virtual, in compliance to the federal and state governments’ physical distancing protocol on the management of COVID-19, which discourages large gatherings.

The NAWOJ boss stated that “in the last few weeks, we were inundated by reports of rape at an alarming dimension.

“Rape now occurs almost everywhere in homes, offices and even religious places.

“Unfortunately, a number of Nigerians have fallen prey to perpetrators of this dastardly act. Sadly, children have not been spared.”

Omowole, therefore, urged women journalists and other stakeholders to join in the fight against rape, which was disrupting the peace and stability of families and the country.

She added that “as women journalists, we cannot remain silent over the havoc created by this monster that is threatening the peace and stability of families and societies.’’

She encouraged members of the association to drop their e-flyers and write-ups on their various social media platforms at noon between Monday and Thursday, and at 8 p.m. on Friday to Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that UNWomen recently reported a rise in Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Lagos State, with 300 per cent increase between March and April.

The group also said that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded an increase of rape cases during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Similarly, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, recently urged lawmakers to enact laws and evolve policies that would ensure a safe society and end violence against women and girls.

Tallen made the call following increased cases of rape and killings of children, young girls and women recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)




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Rape: Delta traditional rulers call for stiffer punishment



The Delta Council of Traditional Rulers have called on government at all levels to apply stiffer penalty for perpetrators of rape and other gender -based violence.

The Chairman of the Council, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor (11) made this known in a communique at the end of the council’s quarterly meeting in Asaba on Saturday.

”The council condemns in strongest terms the alarming rate of rape cases in the country.

“We are calling on government at all levels to come out with more stringent measures to curtail the ugly trend of rape.

“The Judiciary and law enforcement agencies should handle the issue of rape with high sense of justice.

“Anyone caught in the dastardly act should face the full weight of the law,” Efeizomor said.

The monarch said the recent cases of rape and murder were regrettable and urged the government to apply maximum weight of the law to serve as deterrent.

He pledged the council’s total support to the fight against rape and gender violence.

He also called on rape victims to speak out and report acts of sexual abuse and molestation to the authorities.

The royal father appealed to lawyers and judges in the nation to exercise human face in handling rape-related cases.

He noted that when lawyers and judges act with a sense of responsibility, it would help to ensure that perpetrators and their cohorts get quick judgement.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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