Women from Okuni Community in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River state on Monday, took to the streets to protest the injustice which they say occurred in the case of a member of their community who was gang-raped in the presence of her husband atgunpoint.
Numbering over one thousand, the women commenced their peaceful march from the Police station in Ikom and terminated at the Local Government Council.
According to them, the incident took place on November 6, 2017, when gunmen attacked the victim on the farm.
They were said to have stolen 12 scale bags of Cocoa, from others on the farm, beaten them up, after which they raped one of the women in the presence of her husband.
The women said one of the culprits who was earlier arrested after the incident, was later released on bail without adequate sanctions by the police.
They, therefore, appealed to the present Commissioner of Police and all relevant authorities concerned to wade into the issue and ensure that she gets Justice and such does not reoccur.
Giving an account of the incident to Channels Television, one of the women leaders of the community, Maria Akpet, said: a�?We are on black today because on a Monday like today, our boys went to the forest where they have their coco farms, they slept at night, and in the middle of the night other boys from Abijang came and knocked them, they opened their doors, they brought out the husband, and other men that were inside there and started beating them, then they took out their wives, they tied the husband and then they raped the wives before the man and then the coco that these boys plucked and kept, they stole everything.
a�?These two cases were reported to the police but at the long run the file for rape got missing. The only file left was for stealing the coco. We know that tomorrow, it might happen to another person again a�� especially those spinsters that dona��t have husbands, they can even rape and kill them, so that is why we are annoyed, the women are annoyed, why should they hide that file for rape and produce only the one for stealing,a�? she questioned.
Speaking further, Akpet said: a�?That is why we came out today to say today is a black Monday and the women want to put a stop to it even if people are being bribed, they cannot bribe such a case of rape that is why we want to move to the police then the SSS, the council and then the ministry of justice with our placards and then to tell them of our grievancesa�?.