By Itohan Abara-Laserian
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ogun Branch, has condemned alleged recent rape incidents at the Tai Solarin University of Education in Ogun.
The Chairperson of the association, Mrs Taiwo Olusesi, made the condemnation in a statement she signed.
The statement was copied to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
Olusesi said that FIDA was deeply concerned worried by the alleged incidents.
She described rape as a heinous act, and called for justice for victims.
“FIDA commends the swift action of the Ogun State Government, which has taken steps to address these incidents by promising to investigate the alleged rape cases and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We commend this action, and urge other state governments to follow suit.
“Rape of women and girls is a serious violation of their human rights and an affront to their dignity.
“It is a crime that should not be condoned or tolerated in any form.
“As an organisation committed to protecting and promoting women’s rights, FIDA calls on governments to take concrete steps to protect women and girls from all forms of gender-based violence, including rape,” she said.
According to Olusesi, FIDA will continue to stand by victims of rape and advocate for their rights.
“We call on all stakeholders, including civil society organisations, religious leaders and traditional rulers, to join hands with us in the fight against rape and other forms of gender-based violence.
“Together, we can create a safe and equitable society for all,” she said.
NAN reports that some hoodlums reportedly raped no fewer than four female students of the university on Tuesday.
The hoodlums were said to have invaded the hostels of the students located at Abapawa, an area off the university campus. (NAN)
Edited by Ijeoma Popoola