Demand Justice for Brutal Acid Bath Attack Against Nigerian Student
  • Petitioned Murtala Hammanyero Nyako

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Adamawa State Governor
Murtala Hammanyero Nyako
Nigeria First Lady
Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan
Nigeria President
Goodluck Jonathan
Hafiz Ringim
Inspector General of Police

Demand Justice for Brutal Acid Bath Attack Against Nigerian Student

    1. Busayo Obisakin
    2. Petition by

      Busayo Obisakin

      Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Twenty-two-year-old Franca Ogbu has spent the past year in a hospital bed, after falling victim to an acid attack while studying at Federal University of Technology that left her in extreme pain and deeply disfigured. She has undergone 11 surgeries and needs 13 more -- meanwhile, the perpetrator of this horrific assault remains out on the streets.

Fellow student Chibuzor Bright Nkire was promptly expelled, along with a group of accomplices, for pouring acid on Franca because she refused to date him. However, nobody has been prosecuted for this vile crime yet.

Out of every five women or girls in Nigeria one must have encountered or suffer violence from the hand of the opposite sex in her lifetime. A lot of these women and girls don't share their stories of abuse with others and continue to suffer in silence. This menace of violence does not exclude Nigerian Higher Institution of learning. Many boys whenever their relationship with their girl friend turn sour they are always determined to punish the girl.

In addition to prosecuting the persons responsible for this appalling crime, the Adamawa State and Nigerian government must pass legislation requiring stronger punishment for acid bath attacks without the option of a fine, as well as for other acts of violence against women and girls, and regulation of the sale of acid as a weapon. Join me and women in Nigeria in calling upon the Adawama Governor, the Inspector General of Police, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady in demanding that justice be done for Franca.

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    • Anne Humblet HEVERLEE, BELGIUM
      • over 2 years ago

      because some of us seem to have lost the meaning of the word 'human'

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    • Samreen Anwar LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Social Rights Activist

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    • Talley Kayser RENO, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      Borrowing from Deborah Mousseau's comment: "'Acid baths,' meant to disfigure or kill women who are thought to have scorned men, have been described as 'incessant' and 'disturbingly common' by Nigerian newspapers." All the more reason to raise our voices.

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    • Glen Gaither GREENSBORO, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I say LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME and ANY Woman can apply said punishment.

      I wonder just what would happen were the first lady attacked with acid and/or any of the wives and/or mistresses of those government "officials"?

      Think something might change then in their attitudes/views??

      Those criminals need not be prosecuted for a simple acid bath will serve justice.

      LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME!!

      THAT'S A MESSAGE that will not soon be forgotten.

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    • Elizabeth Haddad VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is an utterly horrible crime. Something must be done to prevent people from doing it. It's beyond abominable.

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