Friday, August 7

Women in black protest detention of Rivers REC

Women from states in the Niger Delta on Thursday protested the continued detention and harassment of the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Gesila Khan.

The women who protested in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said the incarceration of Khan was an affront to mothers and women, alleging that men of the Department of State Security had been harassing the REC.

The protesting women, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Women for Peace and Development, however, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter.

The women, armed with placards with inscriptions, ‘Buhari! Don’t allow DSS violate right of women’, ‘The detention of Khan is a war against Nigerian Mothers’ and “Free Khan Now or Face curses from Nigerian mothers’ condemned the arrest and detention of Khan.

The leader of the group, Mrs. Grace Amabo, said the continued detention of Khan was creating a bad image for the Buhari administration.

Amabo said the arrest was an affront to issues of gender equality and women’s rights.

She said, “The continued arrest is an affront to Nigerian women and the Niger Delta people. It also violates the right of women in public office as enshrined in the Beijing Convention on Gender Equality.

“Her continued incarceration by the DSS in Abuja is biased, selective and having tribal connotations to witch-hunt and blackmail our revered daughter who has meritoriously served the nation.

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