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Rape: Ondo State First Lady Goes Tough With Rapist, Train Girls Taekwondo

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Soldiers are supposed to be protectors of civilians, but this incident has proved that Ondo women are not safe with anyone, hence, the need to equip them with Taekwondo skills for self-defence. – Betty Akeredolu.

Betty & Rotimi Akeredolu | Ondo State Governor  

The Ondo State First Lady, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has taken the issue of raping in the state with an iron hand as she employed an instructor for Taekwondo to train young girls on the sport for self-defence against rapists.

Mrs Akeredolu made this known on Friday through a letter to the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Mr Undie Adie, to state her displeasure on the alarming cases of raping in the state.

This displeasure came after her visit to the commissioner office regarding the rape of a student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, by soldiers at the Ikare/Akungba checkpoint last week.

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She, after that, promised not to take the issue of rape with a soft hand.

She also pleaded with the police to see that soldier-rapists are treated as criminals by prosecuting them accordingly for violating a civilian.

“Soldiers are supposed to be protectors of civilians, but this incident has proved that Ondo women are not safe with anyone, hence, the need to equip them with Taekwondo skills for self-defence.”

“If the case of a soldier in Army uniform raping a woman was brought to the fore and perpetrators are made to face the full wrath of the law, it would serve as a deterrence to others.”

In response, the commissioner of police said, “the case would be treated with all seriousness, that the Police have not been taking the issue of rape lightly.”

“As soon as the Army Commander transferred the suspects to his command, they would be charged to court immediately.”

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