Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, the Edo State First Lady, has assured victims of rape and other gender based crime that justice will be served on their violators and abusers in the state. She gave the the assurance when she attended a court sitting on a child defilement, involving the State Vs Mr. Michael Ugboki, at the Benin Magistrate Court, in Sapele Road, Benin City.
The First Lady was accompanied by the Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu and his wife, Mrs. Maryann Shaibu.
Mrs. Obaseki promosed to follow up the case to ensure justice is served, noting that, “…the case has been adjoined to the 10th of August, 2021. We will make time to come back here again, until we see the end of the case to ensure justice is served. This will serve as a deterrent to others.
“We are here, today, to follow up with the case and ensure justice is served. We encourage everyone out there that has been abused by anyone, to know that the Edo State Government is determined to ensure that you get justice.” Mrs. Obaseki stressed.
“We are calling on the people that have suffered abuse, rape, or have been battered in any form, by anyone, to please come out and speak. Nobody should hide anything; people shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about it.
“There is the Vivian Ogu Centre; a gender-based violence centre. A similar centre would be set up in every local government area of the state, where victims of rape and other forms of violence can go to lodge their complaints.
“We will ensure that victims get justice and are rehabilitated. We will also ensure that culprits are dealt with and judgment is served,” The first Lady insisted.5