1 February 2013

Nigeria: Woman Causes Confusion At PDP Secretariat Over Alleged Rape

There was a mild drama at the Peoples Democratic Party's national secretariat on Tuesday when a middle -aged woman blocked the entrance route to the building, threatening to kill herself if relevant authorities failed to respond to the case of alleged rape between her and a police officer in Delta State.

The woman, who gave her name as Patience, alleged that she was raped by an unnamed senior police officer in Delta State and abandoned her with the pregnancy.

She said she later delivered the baby, who started having health challenges which she could not manage as a result of financial constraints.

Patience, who looked visibly frustrated, said she was forced to come to Abuja in an attempt to seek redress with some government establishments including the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).

She however alleged that her case was dismissed by the Agency and therefore had no other option than to seek for help from the general public.

Efforts by some officials of the Civil Defence Corps at the secretariat to calm her down yielded no result as she insisted that the accused Police officer must be brought to book.

Our reporter further gathered that it was not the first time she had visited the Party's secretariat and that on one of such visits, she was given some amount of money to take care of her child.

When contacted, NAPTIP's Head of Communication and Media, Orakwue Arinze, said the agency does not deal with rape cases, adding that its mandates only cover trafficking, child labour and other related matters.

He said the agency cannot just dismiss her claims as she alleged but rather referred her to the police which handle such cases.

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