Oct 6, 2011 – Lagos State Residents Walk To Protest ABSU Rape
The #ABSUrapewalk which was organised by several civil society organisations, including Project Alert, Delta Women Association, War Against Rape and Enough is Enough, took place today in Lagos.
The walk was held to protest the Abia State government’s response to the recent rape of a girl by men alleged to be Abia State University students, to condemn the act of rape.
Dozens of protesters met in front of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) office on Ahmadu Bello Road, Vicoria Island. Chanting and singing, the protesters walked from the NTA office, through Bishop Oluwole Street, and back to Ahmadu Bello Road where they stopped in front of the Abia State Liaison Office.
After about 10 minutes of waiting in front of the Liaison office to no avail, some of the protesters walked in and threw open the liaison office gates for the other protesters to come in. However, the protest remained peaceful, with those gathered singing the national anthem.
The Director of Administration of the Abia State Liaison Office, Mrs. Akaranta, eventually came out to address the protesters.
She told them to write a letter addressed to the governor before she could do anything about the issue. She also assured them that the Abia State government was already working on the case and justice would be done.
Addressing those gathered at the end of the walk, the director of Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Josephine Chukwuma said: “It must not end here. All of us must keep demanding justice till it is done.” Daily Times