- May 4th, 2019- NEWS
It has been revealed how some of the women arrested at the different nightclubs in Abuja for alleged prostitution have were raped and and assaulted by police officers.
Some of the girls were bold enough to speak exclusively to PREMIUM TIMES about their ordeal.
According to PREMIUM TIMES the ladies, in the addition to being raped and assaulted, were also teargassed by the officers while in detention.
The women were taken before a mobile court in Abuja, where they were convicted and sentenced to one-month imprisonment with an option N3,000 fine.
“We were arrested on Friday and detained for several days,” one of the women said.
“Some people were bailed the next day, while the rest of us were left behind.
“The officers picked us and slept with us one after the other because we did not have money to give them.
“They picked us from Banex and took us to Utako police station. When we got there, the police station was empty.
“We were told to pull off and then when we obeyed, they raped us,” one of those arrested said.
Another woman said, “They beat us well, abused us sexually and also collected money from us before they released us.
“They beat us up after they arrested us at Gwarimpa. And when we questioned them about what we have done, the officers used pepper spray on us.
“The more you question them about your offence, the more beatings you receive,” she said.
The ladies spoke at a media briefing by activist Dorothy Njemanze, in Abuja on Thursday.
They said many of the rapists were policemen attached to Utako, Life Camp and Gwarimpa police stations.
The police high command has promised to investigate the allegations. On Friday, police said they had set up a team and invited relevant parties for the investigation.
About three weeks ago, there were reports on how some officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), raided a popular night club, Caramelo, and arrested 34 female nude dancers.
Last week, another 70 women were reportedly arrested from different clubs in Abuja and detained at Utako police station.
The acting Abuja police spokesperson, Danjuma Tanimu, confirmed the arrest of 65 women by members of the Joint Task Force on Wednesday and Friday.
He said they were arrested for “hanging around nightclubs” in Abuja.
“They were arrested in Aminu Kano Crescent, Gwarimpa, and Katampe extension. And they are being charged to court. It was the Joint Task Force that arrested them. They were hanging around night clubs. This is the only information I got,” he said.
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