Seven men were arrested for allegedly raping their daughters in Akwa Ibom
The Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-initiative FEYReP said it has facilitated the arrest of seven (fathers) for alleged rape and defilement of their daughters in Akwa Ibom State.
The founder of the organization, Dr. Martha Emmanuel, who is the wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, disclosed this on weekend in her office during an interaction with select journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The First Lady, who expressed worry over the disturbing instances of sodomy in the state, said her organization shall ensure that the perpetrators are convicted in no distant time.
She added that FEYRep is in partnership with the judiciary, police, and the International Federation of Female Lawyers, FIDA, saying that she has mandated her staff to post on the internet the identities of rape convicts in the state for ‘shaming purposes’ in order to deter intending rapists from the act.
Her words, “As I speak we have about seven fathers in the police cell awaiting trial for defiling their daughters. These issues trouble my heart a lot and I can assure you that Justice must be done.
“FEYReP is in partnership with the judiciary, police, and FIDA. Do you see? Perpetrators cannot go scot-free. Anytime the cases that involve us would be tried in court, we must be present. That is to tell you how serious it is. The judge will also know that we are very serious about these.”
It could be recalled that the State Violence Against Persons Prohibition(VAPP) Law 2020 has stipulated 21 years imprisonment for rape culprits.
On that premise, the governor’s wife also told journalists that her pet project has secured the conviction of 10 rape culprits for the past six months.
According to her, “I can say authoritatively that in the last six months, and with the help of all involved (Judiciary, Police and FIDA), we have secured the conviction of ten culprits of rape and other gender-based violence in the state.”
On what spurred her into the campaign against GBV, she said, “most of the victims are vulnerable children, poor women, who do not have a voice. I am happy to lend my voice, to be their voice. To speak for them any day and anytime.
“What would a 60-year-old man be looking for in a two or three-year-old infant? Is that not devilish? We can’t condone such abnormal behavior in our society.”
Speaking on other areas of her intervention, the First Lady remarked that she has in the last six years in office as the governor’s wife, placed a premium on the family component of the society, stating that it remains the bedrock of a functional society.
She said “We believe that if we get it right at the foundational level, the society would have been better off. This is why we have invested so much in many Akwa Ibom families. All the programs at FEYReP are towards projecting a successful family unit.”