Protests, anger as forces move against rapists

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has said rape and domestic violence increased during the period of the lockdown.

The agency said it arrested about 50 persons for rape and domestic violence.

Its Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, spoke on Tuesday when she appeared before the House Committee on Public Accounts.

The agency’s revelation came as two members of the House of Representatives, Henry Archibong (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Ahmadu Jaha (APC, Borno) apologised to members of the House and Nigerian women over their comment on incidences of rape in the country.

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The two lawmakers had while contributing to debate on rape cases in the country during the House plenary on Thursday, June 4, said to avoid rape, women should be asked to dress decently. The contributions were shouted down by members of the House.

However, coming under personal explanation during Tuesday’s plenary, Archibong said he received insults and abuses from Nigerians and his constituents over the suggestion, saying he was sorry for his comment.

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While saying he fully support any action to be taken against rapists, the lawmaker said he was sorry for using words that he should not have used, adding that there was no reason good enough for any woman to be raped.

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He admitted making a mistake and offending the sensibility of Nigerians, especially women but asked the members not to also forget that he suggested a death sentence for rapist during the sitting.

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