SEX FOR BAIL: ANOTHER WOMAN ALLEGE POLICE DEMAND SEX IN EXCHANGE FOR BAIL
Barely a week after a woman accused a police officer who arrested her for not wearing facemask of rape; another woman has alleged that officers demanded sex in exchange for her freedom when she was arrested for breach of COVID 19 protocol.
Speaking out on Twitter, a lady with the username 'Mayor's girl' alleged that some police officers arrested her and another girl for not putting on face masks. When they got to the police station, one of the officers on the desk told her to buy her freedom with money or have sex with them, she said.
"the younger sister is me. arresting me and another fellow for not wearing face mask and y'all in the station aren't putting on one. I wanted to ask why and the girl I was with said I remain silent. that this is Nigeria. one of the police men on the desk said I should cooperate
with them by buying my freedom with money so I'll walk away if not I should be ready to have sex with them. tears rolled down my cheeks. but I'm fine now guy. they released us."
Although the Mayor's girl did not give details on whether or not she paid to 'buy herself freedom,' she said the incident happened in a police station in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom.
NIGERIA POLICE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT
The Nigeria Police has been faced time and again with accusations of sexual harassment and assault. However, the public is yet to see a public prosecution of erring officers.
Last week, a widow in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said she was arrested for not wearing a face mask but was raped till dawn by an officer who she identified as Inspector Peter Iba of Sakpenwa Police station.
According to the account the victim gave pressmen after she was arrested at a checkpoint, the policemen drove her around town for a while and took her to a guest house where Inspector Peter Iba threatened her and raped her till dawn.
Lucky, the driver of the commercial Toyota Sienna that was conveying the widow before she was arrested, confirmed to The Punch that his vehicle was stopped at Saakpenwaa junction around 6 pm on Saturday, July 25. He said the widow was forced to alight from the car and arrested for not wearing a face mask.
However, Inspector Ibah has denied raping the widow claiming they had consensual sex.
It remains confusing how a woman arrested for non-use of facemask willfully agrees to have sex with the policeman who arrested her on the same day.
Towobola, a recent graduate was also harassed with embarrassing and dehumanising questions when she was found in the home of a suspected criminal. The police were more interested in her sex life than her proof of innocence.
Last year, some women arrested when security officers raided night clubs in Abuja accused the police of raping those who had no money to bail themselves.
Some of these victims alleged that the police used pure water nylons as protection while they ravaged them.
These are accusations too many.
Police say they have begun investigations and the officers involved in Towobola, and the Port Harcourt widow's case have been arrested.
The public is eagerly waiting for adequate punishment meted out to the erring officers to serve as a clear message that sex for bail has not come to stay.