A magistrate’s court in the Ikeja judicial district ordered that Nasiru Umaru, a 44-year-old man accused of defiling a minor, be remanded in custody at KiriKiri Maximum Prison.
The minor reportedly found herself in dangerous working and working conditions while helping her mother who sells goods at Mile 12 market by hawking goods around the market.
Umaru could be sentenced to life in prison if he is ultimately convicted of the crime. The penalty for rape is life imprisonment under various Nigerian laws.
The 44-year-old is accused of defiling 16-year-old Miss Aishyatu H ‘(pseudonym) on September 2, 2021 at Mile 12 Market, Ketu Lagos.
The charge brought against the offender stated that “you NASIRU UMARU” M “44 YRS on September 2, 2021 at LB Alaba, Mile 12 Market, Ketu Lagos in the Magisterial District of Ikeja defiled an Aishyatu H ‘(pseudonym) “F” Age 16 years old using your penis to penetrate inside her virginity and forcefully having carnal knowledge of her and thus committed an offense punishable under section 137 of the state criminal laws from Lagos to Nigeria 2015. “
While reacting, the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) with its partner Solidarity Center AFL-CIO and a network of legal practitioners known as the International Lawyers Assisting Workers-Network (ILAW) pledged to seek justice for the victim.
The NLC, with the support of the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, led a workplace campaign to end gender-based violence and harassment in Lagos’ second largest perishable food market.
Speaking to reporters, an ILAW member and a lawyer observed the case; Lawyer Onyeisi Chiemeke mentioned that the facts before them reveal that the suspect had carnal relations with the minor; a felony punishable by imprisonment for life if convicted.
In his words, the ILAW Nigeria network will ensure that justice prevails. He also urged the federal government to put in place structures to smoothly prosecute the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. According to him, “GBVH survivors repeatedly suffer while trying to obtain justice from the system as they are often in charge of providing financial resources to law enforcement officers to conduct an investigation where they manage to testify. a report ”. When these survivors are unable to fund investigations, cases are often dropped and perpetrators are free to prosecute the crime ”.
He highlighted how the follow-up to the case by the Mile 12 International Market leadership also helped ensure that the suspect was brought to justice and ultimately remanded in custody pending the opinion of the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Lagos State (DPP) on the trial.
In her reaction, the President of the Lagos State NLC, Comrade Agnes Sessi, regretted that the federal government was dragging its feet in its commitment to ratify ILO Convention 190.
She said the astronomical rate of GBVH violations in the world of work in Nigeria necessitated the need to speed up the process of ratifying ILO Convention 190 to ensure the threat is mitigated.
Reacting to the ongoing trial regarding the desecration of a minor in the Mile 12 international market, Ketu Sessi said: “We will follow this case to court. We will ensure that justice is done so that when more perpetrators are incarcerated, offenders know that women and girls have a right to their bodies and the right to feel protected at work.
She called on President Muhammadu Buhari as well as state governors to do more on GBVH which is a human rights issue as no one should be harassed while working or trying to make a living based on their gender or gender. .
She mentioned that the GBVH campaign in the international Mile 12 market, Ketu, is changing the face of the market as women workers in the informal economy now feel more secure to do business in the market.
In his reaction, the International Market Iyaloja Mile12, Dupe Ojo welcomed Umaru’s arrest, saying it will serve as a deterrent to rapists and other GBVH in and around the market community.
She praised the training received from the AFL – CIO and NLC Solidarity Center, saying she has raised a lot of awareness about the root causes, impact and effective ways to prevent and protect all vulnerable people from violence and harassment. sexist within the market community.
According to her, “The women in the market were happy to hear the news of the arrest, of the investigation into this crime. We made them aware of the need to denounce these violations and to break the silence that holds them back. We know that with this outcome, workers will become more confident to report such violations in order to help us kick GBVH out of the Mile 12 Market for good.