Nigerian police accused of abusing prostitution suspects
09 May 2019 | 11:29 am
Hundreds of men and women marched through Nigeria's capital Abuja to protest a recent raid by policemen who arrested women in night clubs and other areas on suspicion of prostitution, and then allegedly assaulted and raped some of them while in custody.
Nigeria’s economy has not been all rosy for a few years and people’s purchasing power has taken a massive hit as unemployment rates are spiking. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened the situation, plunging the economy into the second recession in less than five years. GuardianTV spoke with these women whose main income comes from driving commercial minibus 'Korope' and tricycle 'Maruwa' through the chaotic road of Lagos, Nigeria to make ends meet.
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