HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES REPORTED IN NIGERIA IN THE MONTH OF JULY 2022
July 29, 2022
Month after months, sad news of human rights abuses infiltrate and glooms the Nigerian media. Abuses ranging from extra judicial killings, kidnaps and rapes, gender-base violence, human trafficking etc. have become … despite the activities of government agencies and CSOs who are militating against these abuses.
The month of July 2022 is no exemption as these sad incidences are reported all over the country. Perhaps, even though not entirely, poverty can be blamed to the rise of underaged prostitution and sex trafficking in Nigeria. According to David Adenuga in an exposition he titled “Inside the Bauch Prostitution ring”, he uncovered the sad stories of teenage girls like Chonga. Life, according to Chonda, became unbearable for her and her siblings after they lost their father and they had to fend for themselves. Hers and many more stories are the realities girls are forced into to survive. Even sad is the fact that many people do not see the exploitation of these vulnerable persons as un-usual as it has become a silent culture that exploits poor girls.
In similar fates, some young girls have there childhood and freedom robbed from them by their families who sell them off at very tender age to be child brides to older more financially stable men. Such is the fate of a 12yr old girl who is married to a 50years old man to be his third wife. The poor child bride goes through abuse and rape in the hand of her “husband” and only recently got publicity when a Facebook influencer brought her story to lime light.
In the same month of July 2022 a residents of PW in Kubwa, a satellite town in Bwari Area Council of the FCT, were thrown into panic on Wednesday night after a man stabbed his younger brother to death for allegedly having a sexual relationship with his wife.
There are however cases of few prosecutions like the case of Baba Ijesa, a popular Nollywood actor, who was sentenced to16 years imprisonment for assaulting a minor. Such prosecution need to be encouraged as this will go a long way of discouraging others from human right abuses.