Strategic Collaboration by FIDA NIGERIA, Bayelsa, and Uyo Branches has led to the rescue of two trafficked teenage girls aged 18 and 17 respectively and subsequent reunion with their families.
FIDA BAYELSA, in collaboration with various stakeholders, organizations, CSOs/ NGOs, embarked on a peaceful protest walk against SGBV.
They visited the ministry of Justice where the Solicitor General/ Permanent Secretary, Mr. Preye Agedah addressed us on the support of the ministry to fight this menace. Also visited the Judiciary, where the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri received them in her Chambers and pledged the support of the Judiciary in the fight against all forms of SGBV in the state. Finally, visited the state police force headquarters, where the commissioner of police assured FIDA of the preparedness of the police to handle all cases of SGBV expeditiously and with all seriousness. It was indeed a successful outing.
To mark the beginning of the 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE with theme: “ORANGE THE WORLD: GENERATION EQUALITY SAYS NO TO RAPE”, FIDA Bayelsa in collaboration with other gender champions (CSOs/NGOs) embarked on a peace walk today Monday, 25th November, 2019.
The walk which was to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Bayelsa State Command, Yenagoa featured the FIDA Chaprerson, Tariere Egbegi bring to the fore, the theme of this years activism campaign and the need to strengthen the fight against the menace of rape. She strongly condemned the unfortunate incident of the PDP woman leader in Kogi State who was burnt to death following the aftermath of the elections. She charged the COP to use his good offices to prevail on the IG and other relevant stakeholders in the Force to see that the perpetrators of the heinous crime are brought to book.
In his response to the visit, the Commissioner of Police, CP Uche Anozia reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in general and Bayelsa State in particular in the fight against crime and criminality especially with regards to rape. He condemned the act in the strictest terms whilst commending FIDA and the other groups represented for their fight against violence against women.
The meeting was brief and successful. FIDA Bayelsa once again pledges her commitment to continually promote the rights of women and children in the State. FIDA is here to make a difference in Bayelsa State and diaspora.
Fida Bayelsa secures conviction of man who dragged physically challenged 6-year-old girl into bush and brutally raped her
The International Federation of Women Lawyer (FIDA) Bayelsa branch on Tuesday, November 28, secured the conviction of a man who was arraigned in court for raping a physically challenged six-year-old girl.
FIDA shared the good news on its Facebook page,
“All he wanted was justice for his daughter, who was defiled and left to die in a shrine in one of the communities in Bayelsa State. The daughter, barely six years old was dragged into the bush and was disvirgined in the most unforgettable way. The innocent girl who is physically challenged and cannot even speak was rescued by passers by in a pool of her own blood. The perpetrator was convicted today. Kudos to Fida Bayelsa, kudos to Barr Roselyn. Well done.”
FIDA BAYELSA KICKS OFF BOYS’ SUMMIT IN BDGS
Tomorrow, FIDA Bayelsa will kick start its Boys” Summit at the prestigious Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Ovom at 7.30am.
The Boys summit is a Fida Bayelsa initiative targeted at focusing on Boys as it relates to the offence of RAPE in collaboration with FACE Initiative.
The perpetrators of this crime are mostly boys and there’s a need to speak to them on why boys should not RAPE but become responsible and protective of their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and female friends.
Also not forgetting that boys are also defiled, the summit will create the platform for the boys to be able to speak up when abused and know where to report cases of rape and defilement.
We hereby invite all FIDANs to attend this summit.
Bina Timi Johnson-Oregbeme, Chairperson, Planning Committee
Akpoyi Oyintarimoboere Marian,
Secretary, Planning Committee