Nigeria

Kano State records 211 cases of rape against minors in 2020

Despite the existing law against rape and the punishment of life sentence for convicts in Kano, the state has continued to witness a rise in the number of cases, especially against minors.

The state Attorney General, M.A Lawan said Kano State recorded a total of 211 rape cases in 2020 alone.

He disclosed this while briefing the press on Monday in Commemoration of the 16 days of activism for Elimination of Gender-Based Violence sponsored by WARAKA- SARC and Partners Chemonics International and Society for Family Health (SFH).

“So far the Ministry of Justice has recorded 211 rape cases in 2020. The figures have been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic but in a normal day the case is in serious rise”.

Lawan explained that the state has penalized 86 convicts of rape who committed the act against minors.

The Attorney General further stated that “it was in line with the foregoing that the Kano State sector reform team established the WARAKA- Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) with technical assistance from Justice for all (J4A) a DFID funded project.

“There were interventions in 2016 and like many other states of the federation and Kano has experienced an alarming rate of rape and sexual assault cases in the recent past” he stated.

He also said “the establishment of WARAKA- SARC in Kano state has contributed to the effective Management of Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), cases and prosecution of perpetrators but more work need to be done.

“With the growing population which has made Kano State a cosmopolitan city, thereby increasing the tendencies of exposing the most vulnerable members of the society comprising of women and girls to the risk of being abused.

The Attorney General used the opportunity to express his sincere appreciation to the current administration under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for committing N30m in 2021 budget to the fight against rape.

The money is set aside for the establishment of additional SARC centre in the four Emirates and that of WARAKA- SARC at Murtala Specialists Hospital Kano.

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