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Rape-Human Rights Commission summons AEPB

The National Human Rights Commission has summoned the Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, (AEPB) over the recent alleged rape of women arrested after a raid in some parts of the FCT.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu said the Director is to appear before the commission to brief it on the role of its officers in the recent raids on innocent citizens in the FCT and attending allegations of rape of those arrested.

The invitation followed a protest by a coalition of Civil Society Groups to the commission over what they described as a continuous violation and molestation on women by officials of government.

Leader of the delegation, Kemi Okenyodo of the Partners West Africa Nigeria said that they were worried over the recent raids and gender based violence against women by the Nigeria Police and agents of FCTA Joint Task Team.

She called on the commission to set up an independent panel of inquiry into the events with a view to fishing out the culprits and punishing them appropriately.

Ms Okenyodo further called on the Ministry of Women Affairs to ensure effective enforcement of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, (VAPP).

Responding, Mrs Fatima Waziri-Adzer from the office of the Vice President said that the current administration would not tolerate any act of abuse of office.

She gave the assurance that those found culpable would be brought to justice to serve as a deterrent to others.

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