BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA- COALITION of Abia women are seeking the assistance of the State Police Command in their effort to end increasing growth of evil business of baby factory, rising incidence of human rights abuse, rape, forced prostitution and trafficking.
The women lamented that these societal ills, including many other obnoxious practices against women seemed endemic in the Nigerian society.
They have therefore urged the Abia State Police Command to strengthen its Juvenile and Women Centre, JWC, by setting up a special investigation desk to ensure “speedier and thorough attention to reports and allegations of abuses and violence against women and children so that perpetrators do not go scot-free.”
The women made the request when they went on advocacy visit to the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi.
Led by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, whose pet project is championing the campaign against abuse of women’s rights and other ill-treatment against women, the women explained that the visit was to “encourage the police for speedy investigation and prosecution of incidences relating to women and children; encourage the police in the fight against teenage pregnancy, child trafficking, baby factories and obnoxious widowhood practices.
“The incidences of human rights abuse, rape, baby factories, forced prostitution and trafficking seem endemic in our society. More and more of our young girls are being drawn into prostitution, baby factories and rape, while women are being abused, beaten and sometimes killed even in their homes.
“We believe the police are doing their best but need encouragement and support to do more in order to bring perpetrators to justice. It is sad that sometimes criminals who perpetrate these crimes go scot- free. Most times, it is as a result of lack of evidence, refusal of witnesses to testify or simply inadequate investigation and prosecution,” the governor’s wife who spoke for them said.
According to Mrs. Ikpeazu, her pet project, Vicar Hope Foundation, has been trying to empower the women to take them out of poverty, the main reason some of the women were easily lured into these social ills.
“We are aware that you have an existing outfit, the Juvenile and Women Centre, JWC, however, our request is that you set up a special investigative desk, or whatever you may call it, to give speedier and thorough attention to reports and allegations of abuses and violence against women and children, so that perpetrators do not go scot-free.”
To encourage the police, she donated a desktop computer with accessories and some books on human rights of women, among others.
In his response, CP Anthony Ogbizi commended Mrs. Ikpeazu and her delegation and promised that the command would look into their request for the good of the state.
Earlier in her remarks, the chairperson of Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, Mrs. Catherine Ogbizi-Ugbe commended the governor’s wife for embarking on the project and assured her of the support and collaboration of POWA.