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Akwa Ibom Women under different aegis including FEReP, FIDA, NAWOJ, NGOs etc, went on a solidarity march against the murder of Late Ini Ubong Umoren and other rape victims whose lives were terminated unjustly.

The solemn march organised by the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Women Affairs commenced from Ibom plaza down to Nwaniba, through Dominic Utuk Avenue, to Wellington Bassey Way, terminating at the Junction by Dominic Utuk Avenue.

Addressing the Women, the First Lady of the State, Her Excellency, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel lamented over the spate of rape cases in the society and promised that the enabling laws in the state will be used to administer justice to Late Ini Ubong Umoren and other rape victims.

She recounted the number of rape cases including the one involving a 70 years old man with a three (3) years old baby. The Governor’s wife called on all to rise to fight the menace ravaging the image of Akwa Ibom State.

The exercise was capped with a session of prayers led by the First Lady for God to avenge the lives lost unjustly as a result of rape.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs, Dr. Ini Adiakpan in her remark said the incident has not only portrayed the state in a bad light but has painted a picture of unsafe society for Akwa Ibom children. She called on parents and guardians to educate and give proper training to their children from home.

Also speaking, the Deputy Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey said there are laws passed by the state legislature which empowers the state Judiciary to administer justice in rape cases.

She added that the House reproves the degenerating development in the state and calls for justice for the lives lost.

In the same vein, the Chairperson, FIDA- Akwa Ibom State chapter, Barr. Emem Etteh called on all to join in the fight against the ill. She promised that for a every rape case brought forth, the law will be allowed to have its way.

Parents are urged to take serious the training of their female children as well as the males for a safer society.

Mr. Harry Udo of ‘He for She’ Foundation advised men to stop rape wherever they are as the act demeans the statue of men in the society. He went further lamenting the demise of Late Ini Umoren whose life’s ambitions have been cut short.

The Chairperson of NAWOJ, Akwa Ibom State chapter, Mrs Uduak Ekong promised that Women Journalists in the state will continue to collaborate with relevant agencies to fight the menace through their reportage.

Head Medical Women Association, Dr. Glory Essien, FEReP coordinator, Mrs Ime Ephraim Inyang, Rape Survivors and others spoke unanimously demanding justice for rape victims and called on every Akwa Ibom person to join in the fight against rape and molestation of women.


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