Actor, Imeh Bishop Umoh has incurred the wrath of Nigerians on social media after he took to Instagram to defend policemen who raped women after they arrested them in Abuja clubs.
Okon Lagos defends Abuja policemen who raped ladies arrested over alleged prostitution. Says it is theft not rape pic.twitter.com/zlbEHGfJwc
— Uncle Suru (@unclexofficial) May 15, 2019
Shortly after the arrest, Nigerian women did a street march to protest the sexual abuse of single women found clubbing. But Imeh did not agree the women were raped by the policemen who arrested them and demanded sex for bail.
The said policemen allegedly used pure water sachets to rape those who couldn’t post bail. Imeh Bishop stated that there is no way what the policemen did to those women can be termed rape because rape is forcefully taking a woman’s dignity, but sex workers do not have any dignity that can be taken, according to him. He added that the policemen simply stole from the women because they forcefully took the product they are selling (sex) and did not pay.
Therefore what the policemen did should be seen as theft, not as rape. Imeh said in a video shared to his Instagram: There is a campaign going on on social media. Women, they go around, they do protest that police in Abuja they go and arrest commercial sex workers, that’s ashawo, and then they rape them.Well, that is a wrong charge.
The charge should not be rape because there’s a difference between rape and stealing. For rape now, na to just go… you go to have sex and collect by force, and take away their dignity and self pride wey ashawo no get.Ashawo no get self pride and dignity.So what happened there actually is stealing because those police now, if and only if they really went and forcefilly collect… and steal wetin this ashawo dey sell and they no pay money and they just waka and go away like that. So, that is stealing of their product and merchandise.
See some reactions on twitter.
Just to be clear:
1. These women were never arrested or charged as prostitutes as this is not an offence known to our laws.
2. The FCT operates ACJA 2015 which stipulates that even suspects have a right to dignity.
3. SEX FOR BAIL IS RAPE
4. Okon is clearly a low budget idiot https://t.co/Qo7I79hLzu
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) May 15, 2019
I wish dat okon character loses endorsement and his career in general with his loose insensitive and uncouth mouth. but this is naija so he won't suffer any consequences.
— Ol's network (@olsnetwork) May 15, 2019
Nigeria and twisting words to please themself,i just watch d video, OKON neva defend or support d police men sleeping with d prostitute, he only make it clear dat does ladies dnt have pride wich is very correct nd sleeping with dem is stealing wich is also very correct. pic.twitter.com/NUNGALpvgf
— NEXSUDIGITER. (@felixgx46) May 15, 2019
Anyways, Okon is a comedian, it's difficult to differentiate his real sense from comedy sense.
No comment until he says, 'I spoke from my real sense' or the other way. https://t.co/OwjeGUBbUE
— Gbemi Dennis™ (@GbemiDennis) May 15, 2019
When people realise that the source material for Okon's horrible acting is his stupidity in real life. https://t.co/GJMSPcRL6C
— ACertainSomeone (@DauntingPelzon) May 15, 2019
I don't see a joke here….this is stupidity.
Ashawo or no ashawo as far as there is a "forcing" it is RAPE!
Okon get sense! https://t.co/R1gZlYd54W
— SHOE Engineer (@Elitesmith_) May 15, 2019