Following the arrest of over 65 women recently in Abuja, women rights activists came out en masse in Abuja and Lagos to protest against this act. The protest was led by various women’s’ rights activist organisations in Lagos, Abuja and also Accra.
The mass arrest was made in Utako, Abuja and other areas. This act sparked a lot of anger as women came out en masse to express their displeasure at the force’s activities. It was also reported that most of the women were raped without the use of a condom, while the others were raped as the men used pure water sachets to substitute for condoms. The protest was also live on social media, most especially twitter with the hashtag; #SayHerNameNigeria. The women in the protest were dressed in black tops as they bore various placards that read; “To be a woman is not a crime” “Today her, Tomorrow it may be me”, “Sex for bail is rape”
In Lagos, it has been signed into law that the penalty for rape would be 25 years in jail. Though pleased by with the pronouncement, the activists believe that the law could be further enforced, leading the reduction of the issue of rape in the country at large, and ultimately and eradication.