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Human Rights group reacts to police’s ‘invasion of Dakolo’s home’

Human Rights group ‘Amnesty International, Nigeria’, has condemned the police invasion of singer Timi Dakolo’s Lagos residence, over his wife, Busola’s rape allegation against Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Concourse News had reported that The Nigeria Police invited Popular Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo for questioning over a case of criminal conspiracy and falsehood.Human Rights group reacts to police’s ‘invasion of Dakolo’s home’

In the letter signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf, Timi Dakolo is expected to report for questioning on the 23rd of July,

Reacting to the incident on twitter, Amnesty International, Nigeria, said intimidating victims of sexual abuse using the police was a new law in the country’s spate of impunity.

“Attempts to intimidate and harass Timi and Busola Dakolo by the Nigeria Police has shown 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, Nigerian women have been facing various kinds of sexual violence that seldom receive 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,” the group said.

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