Widows forced to drink water of their late husbands' bodies during Pandemic, CPI raises concern

• We must join hands to stop rape in Nigeria- Obaro of Kabba

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Widows forced to drink water of their late husbands' bodies during Pandemic, CPI raises concern
Eunice Abimbola Agbogun

The Challenged Parenthood Initiative, CPI, has raised concern of reports regarding gender based violence against women, saying during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Kogi State, widows were reportedly forced to drink water from their late husbands’ bodies, grandma and many more were raped and spouses sent out of their homes.

The Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Initiative, CPI, Eunice Abimbola Agbogun, raised the alarm, while addressing participants Friday September 18, during a one-day stakeholders’ sensitization workshop organized in Lokoja, Kogi State, ahead of a public hearing on Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill, which is championed by the Challenged Parenthood Initiative, in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria.

Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that the VAPP Bill had been passed by over 13 states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital. 

While explaining that the objective of the workshop was to sensitize relevant stakeholders on the advocacy campaign, for the adoption of VAPP Bill in Kogi State and solicit commitment towards passage of the bill, Agbogun noted: “When we met with the 25 lawmakers in the Kogi State House of Assembly, earlier in the week, the House assured of speedy passage of the bill”. 


The Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi, who also spoke during the workshop, called on traditional rulers in the country to come together towards stopping the menace of rape in their various kingdoms.

The Monarch, who stated that rape was alien to the culture of Kogi West and Nigeria at large, observed that despite numerous laws to address issues of rape, implementation had continued to negate the success of the law in the country.

According to him, since he came into the throne of his forefathers in 2018, no rape case has been reported in Kabba land.

While assuring the organization of quick passage of the bill, the monarch noted that any rape victim will surely get justice in his domain.


The Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi

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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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