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NOA decries increase in incidences of rape



… Urges victims to report to police

THE State  Director, National Orientation  Agency (NOA), Anambra State,  Charles Nwoji, said, the  high  increase in  incidence of  rape, incest, insecurity and  violence  against  persons  in the country  is  frightening  and should be condemned by  every  right  thinking  Nigerian.

  Nwoji stated this while addressing the participants in the  ongoing community  sensitisation programme  of the agency tagged, “Building a People  of  Peace ” with the  theme, “Working Together  to Overcome COVID -19 Pandemic “, held  at  the Orsumoghu Town  Hall, Orsumoghu in Ihiala  Local  Government  Area, Anambra State.

  Explaining  that the programme was also focusing on health  and  security, the NOA  Director noted that  a lot of  heinous crimes were allegedly  reported to have occurred in the country when the  lockdown  exercise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was  eased,  pointing out that a young man was recently  matcheted by  his  relation while  a young  lady was  drugged in a  hotel room by  her  boy-friend who later cut off  one of her breasts  for  ritual, at Eriza and Umunze communities respectively,  in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.

  He  emphatically urged victims  of rape and other  related assaults to report  their  ordeals  to the  nearest police  station  around  them without hesitation, for  immediate  examination  and prosecution.

 Nwoji, who said that the issues of rape  and  incest were not only morally wrong but also  taboo in Igbo  land, advised parents to constantly educate  their  children and  wards on the dangers inherent in rape  and  its consequences in society, stressing that “anybody who is  found  guilty of causing  physical injury on another person  with  sharp  object  will face five  years imprisonment or  pay one  N100, 000 fine as  contained in  Anambra State Violence  Against Persons  Prohibition Law 2017”.

  Also speaking, the  Deputy Director, Programmes, NOA, Awka, Sir  Joseph Uchendu, said  that the  programme was strongly advocating the  absolute  maintenance  of  an  enduring  peace, health, and  security in  society,  advising aged  persons to form  the habit of  eating immune  boasting  foods for their healthy  living  amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  In his remarks, the  Deputy  Director, Planning,  Research and  Strategy also of the  agency, Comrade  Felix  Agbu, who  spoke on the preventive control measures against  COVID-19, reminded  the people that the  governments’ fight and efforts against COVID-19  were neither scam nor  a  child  play and  warned  them to  stop  handshaking and hugging  for now, saying that the novel virus remains  a  source of worry to  Nigerian  Government in particular and  the international community at large.

  Responding, the  traditional ruler of the  community, Igwe  Anselm  Mbanefo, thanked NOA, for the programme and asked  for  more  of  it in the  community, adding  that  it was very  educative and  informative as it had  exposed  his people to  some  things they  did not know that were legal  punishments against  rape in society.   

  Also, the  President-General of the  Community, Chief  Dennis  Muomaife, said that his administration had  jailed three persons in the  community, for  committing rape, adding that the administration is strict on rape case in the  area and  would not  hesitate to deal  decisively with any  person found  guilty of committing the act, promising  NOA  that  the  messages of  the event would be  taking  to  all  corners  of the  town  since  the  participants  were  drawn  from the various group  leaders in the  community  including the  Traditional Ruler of the Community  and  members of  his  cabinet.

  In a vote of thanks, the  NOA Sensitisation  and  Mobilisation  Officer  in Ihilala  Local  Government  Area, Mr  Ndubuisi  Ilodigwe, appreciated Igwe Mbanefo, the  President-General, Chief  Muomaife and the  entire  people  of  the  town,  for making  the  programme a huge success.

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