Bayelsa: Activists seek quick prosecution of rape cases, creation of gender desks by police

Women Activists from Bayelsa State on Thursday met with the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Echeng Eworo Echeng over the establishment of a Gender Desk in the various divisional headquarters of the Nigeria Police to ensure the quick prosecution of rape cases, violence against girls as well as domestic violence.

The Women Activists, who are attached to the Gender Response Initiative Team set up by the Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Gloria Ebibomo Diri, to fight against violence, also sought the help of the Commissioner of Police for the arrest, investigation and prosecution of a herbalist in Otuasega community, Ogbia Local Government council who allegedly forcefully defiled a primary school pupil.

She requested for the immediate intervention of the Police leadership in the current case at Otuasega community, where an uncle, who is identified as a herbalist, had forced canal knowledge of a seven years old primary school pupil.

The Coordinator of the GRIT, Barr. Dise Ogbise also sought a working partnership with the Police Command for the training of Gender Desk Officers with logistics and vehicles.

She also sought the assistance of the Police top hierarchy for all rape cases at the divisional level to be transferred immediately to the SCID gender office and that all defilement cases be treated free at the police clinic or at a subsidized amount.

Earlier in his statement, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Echeng Eworo Echeng, commended the Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, for constituting a team of great minds and purpose, promising to continue the existing partnership that has helped the Police in dealing with issues of gender-based violence in the state.