A non-governmental organisation, Brave Heart Initiative (BHI) on Monday led a mass protest in Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state where it decried incessant rape cases in the area.
The protest which had in attendants Civil Society Organisations, Security Agencies, Religious groups, Students, Commercial Bike Riders and Council workers, was led by the Executive Director, BHI, Ms Priscilla Usiobaifo.
She said 24 cases of rape have been reported between January and October 11 this year alone. She said one of the cases involved a nine years old (name withheld) who was raped by her neighbour in June and died on August 29 as a result of complications arising from her rape. The suspect was only reportedly arrested a few days ago by vigilante groups in one of the communities.
The procession stopped over at the popular Igarra market where they admonished the people about incidences of rapes and its inherent danger, and also made a brief stopover at the Divisional Police Headquarters at Igarra.
She concluded by demanding for the declaration of emergency on rape in the local government.