Nigerian First Lady, Amnesty tackle IGP over police invitation to Dakolos on alleged rape
London, July 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has warned the Inspector General of Police against intimidating Busola Dakolo and her husband, Timi over the rape allegation against a popular Nigerian Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA
On Saturday, the police summoned singer, Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola to Abuja on Tuesday over alleged falsehood, mischief and threat to life and criminal conspiracy,
Reacting to the police invitation on her Twitter account, the First Lady called the attention of the Inspector General of Police to a story from Sahara Reporters titled: Policemen storm Busola Dakolo’s residence.
And on top she left no doubt where she stands with the array of hashtags :
“ATTENTION : INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE #SayNoToRape #JusticeForRapeVictims #SayNoToIntimidation,” she tweeted.
ATTENTION : INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE #SayNoToRape #JusticeForRapeVictims #SayNoToIntimidation https://twitter.com/SaharaReporters/status/1152619338492497925 …Sahara Reporters✔@SaharaReportersBREAKING: Policemen Storm Busola Dakolo’s Residence | Sahara Reporters
Sources at the Dakolo residence said the policemen, numbering three, were trying to force them (Dakolos) to go to Abuja against their will. @timidakolo @PoliceNG @cozaglobal
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Similarly, Amnesty International Nigeria, in series of tweets on its twitter handle said Intimidating victims of sexual abuse by the police was a new low in Nigeria’s spate of impunity.
“Attempts to intimidate and harass Timi & Busola Dakolo by the Nigeria Police shows a disturbing pattern of how authorities respond to allegations of sexual abuse
“In Feb. 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 & sexual abuse.
“For too long, Nigeria’s women have been facing various kinds of sexual violence that seldom receives proper attention from the country’s law enforcement agencies. It is unacceptable that women seeking justice end up intimidated by Nigeria Police,” it said.
According to Amnesty International Nigeria, “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 & 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?”
Meanwhile the Nigeria Police Force has clarified its invitation to the Dakolos saying it was based on an on-going investigation involving Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, Busola Dakolo and others.
Force Public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba in a statement Saturday night confirmed that it was police operatives that served official invitation letters on Busola and Timi Dakolo.
But he promptly deflated the apprehensions about the invitations:
“It is important however to note that a Police Invitation Letter is not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one. Rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations.
“Members of the public should see it as a legitimate act in line with the constitutional mandate of the police, which among other things include the investigation of all complaints brought before it.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP MA Adamu NPM, mni has appealed for calm, and is reassuring Nigerians that the Police Force under his watch will remain professional, impartial and unreservedly committed to the pursuit of justice in this case and all other cases before it.”