Niger state government has inaugurated a 20 member management committee to curb the menace of Gender Based Violence as the state recorded 133 rape cases in 2020.
The wife of the state Governor, Dr. Amina Abubaker Sani Bello who is the Chairperson of the committee said only eight convictions have been made out of 77 prosecution instituted.
While inaugurating the committee, the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said its establishment was long overdue.considering the rising cases of this criminal act in recent times.
He said that no responsible government will fold its hand and watch the right of certain people in the society being abused on a daily bases, adding that, “the cases of Gender Based Violence has been on the increase and this is not acceptable”.
He said the committee is mandated, among other things, to address all issues relating to Gender Based Violence in the state with a view to curb the ugly phenomenon
Speaking shortly after it inauguration, the Chairperson of the committee and wife of the governor Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello said there is no better time to take a concrete step towards addressing the Gender Based Violence in our society than now.
She expressed regret that Gender Based Violence has sent many innocent women and girls to their early grave adding that “therefore I believe that the responsibility for curbing this disturbing phenomenon lies with all as critical stakeholders”.
According to her, ” the statistics of Gender Based Violence in the state is quite worrisome, especially during COVID 19 Lockdown. There were exponential increase in the number of cases of rape, ranging from old women and children of less than three months”.
She said that for instance, in 2020 alone, 133 cases were reported with only eight convictions out of 77 prosecutions.”