Mrs. Akeredolu moves to protect girls against rapists
By Mary Agidi
The wife of Ondo state governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu has employed the service of a professional to train young females in the state in Taekwondo knockouts as a defence against rapists.
She disclosed this during her meeting with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Undie Adie in his office as part of her strategies to combat rape in the state.
Arabinrin Akeredolu who was on a visit to the commissioner regarding the rape of a student of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko by soldiers at the checkpoint last week, vowed not to handle the issue of rape with levity in the state.
She appealed to the Police to ensure that the perpetrators are treated as criminals for violating a civilian and be prosecuted accordingly.
According to her, soldiers are supposed to be saviours for civilians but this incidence has proven that Ondo women are not saved, hence, the need to equip them with Taekwondo skill as a self-defence.
She noted that if the case of Soldiers rape in Army uniform is not swept under the carpet and the perpetrators are made to face the wrath of the law, it would serve as a deterrent to others.
Arabinrin Akeredolu who had earlier scheduled a One Million Woman Protest against rape in Army uniform for Thursday, explained that she decided to suspend it so that political distractors will not capitalise on it to cause mayhem.
Responding, the Commissioner of Police assured her that the issue would be given the desired seriousness, noting that the Police have not been taken rape cases with levity.
He assured that as soon as the Army Commander transfer the suspects to his Command, they would be charged to court without delay.