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NAWOJ, activists cry out over rape, acid attacks

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, and Coalition of Women Activists in Borno State have condemned rising kidnap, rape cases and acid bath on innocent women as they board tricycles, besides attacks by miscreants in the state.

They cited the instance of 26-year-old Fatima Usman, a final year student of Department of Nursing, University of Maiduguri, now battling for her life after being bathed with acid by two unknown Keke Napep operators in Maiduguri Metropolis last Friday, and the other person who was also bathed with acid Wednesday.

Speaking at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Press Centre in Maiduguri, on Wednesday, Chairperson of NAWOJ, Hajiya Hadiza Bukar, who led other women groups, condemned these renewed attacks targeted at vulnerable women.

According to her, “in view of recent happenings, Keke Napep which is the means of accessible transportation to our people, especially women, have now become a death trap.

“We want to call on the relevant authorities to please re-organise the Keke Napep operations for better and purposeful services to the people.

“We are compelled to register our feelings as mothers. We should also be motherly enough to check the behaviours of our children for a better society.”


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