NOPRIN has raised alarm in a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves through the community, a minor was sexually assaulted while in detention at the Divisional Police headquarters, Tse Agbaragba, in the Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.
The NOPRIN Foundation (Network on Police Reform in Nigeria) has expressed deep sadness and condemnation over this heinous incident, calling it a blatant affront to the principles of justice and human rights. The foundation has demanded swift and transparent action from the Nigeria Police Force to bring the accused officer to justice.
In a press statement issued by NOPRIN Foundation and made available to Fasnews by Precious Osinaku, the Programme Officer, NOPRIN emphasized the urgency of conducting a thorough investigation and holding the accused officer accountable for his actions. In addition, Osinaku stressed the need for providing the victim and her family with the necessary support during this challenging period.
This incident serves as a grim reminder of the critical need for comprehensive reform and training within the Nigeria Police Force to prevent such atrocities in the future. NOPRIN Foundation, in its statement, called upon the Nigeria Police Force and other key stakeholders to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals in police custody, with special attention to minors.
In a display of solidarity with the victim and her family, NOPRIN Foundation has joined the community in demanding justice. The foundation also urged the public to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system and safeguarding the rights of citizens.
The Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to advocating for justice, accountability, and the protection of the rights and dignity of all individuals. The organization pledged to closely monitor the situation and collaborate with other stakeholders dedicated to reforming the Nigeria Police Force, emphasizing the importance of lasting change in the nation’s law enforcement system.