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Amnesty International condemns attempts to intimidate the Dakolo’s

Timi and Busola Dakolo

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Amnesty International condemns attempts to intimidate the Dakolo’s

Amnesty International Nigeria has said that the security and safety of celebrity couple, Timi and Busola Dakolo, rests with the Nigerian authorities.

The human rights organisation said the attempts by the Nigeria Police to intimidate and harass the Dakolo’s shows a disturbing pattern of how authorities respond to allegations of sexual abuse.

In a statement, Amnesty International said Intimidating victims of sexual abuse using Police is a new low in Nigeria’s spate of impunity.

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The organisation also warned that these actions by the police may prevent victims of sexual violence from pursuing justice.

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Amnesty also recounted how armed SARS officers arrested one Maryam Awaisu of #ArewaMeToo in Kaduna and dragged her to Abuja, at the instance of a person widely accused of rape and sexual abuse.

Timi Dakolo had raised alarm after seeing a bus with armed men in front of his house. The bus was later confirmed to be a police-registered vehicle.

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The statement reads;

“Attempts to intimidate and harass Timi and Busola Dakolo by the Nigeria Police shows a disturbing pattern of how authorities respond to allegations of sexual abuse.

“In February, armed SARS officers arrested Maryam Awaisu of #ArewaMeToo in Kaduna and dragged her to Abuja, at the instance of a person widely accused of rape and sexual abuse.

“For too long, Nigeria’s women have been facing various kinds of sexual violence that seldom receives proper attention from the country’s law enforcement agencies. It is unacceptable that women seeking justice end up intimidated by Nigeria Police.

“It is unacceptable that women seeking justice for sexual abuse are subjected to arrest and intimidation, by a unit of police whose remit is armed robbery. We fear that these actions may prevent victims of sexual violence from pursuing justice.

“In the face of rising sexual abuse of women and girls across Nigeria; for how long will women be continuously subjected to intimidation and forced silence in the face of injustice? When will the injustice end?

“This pattern of Nigeria Police dispatching anti-robbery squads to pick up victims of sexual abuse who refused to be silent is unacceptable.

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