By: Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
The Borno State Government has said that a total of 4,104 cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) have been recorded in the state between six months (January – July, 2021).
The state government also said the non availability of gender desk in most of the police stations in the state to fast track investigation and prosecution of SGBV cases and issues has been one of the challenges.
The Director of Women Affairs, Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Falamta Gambo Hamza disclosed this during a press conference held in Maiduguri on Friday.
The press conference was organized by Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with the British Council and European Union as part of the activity to mark the 16 days of activism on World Human Rights Day.
HaJiya Hamza explained that out of the 4,104 cases recorded, 3,805 were female victims and 237 cases were male victims.
Campaigns and increased prosecution of SGBV cases have resulted in the prosecution of 51 cases and 51 perpetrators were convicted between January and July 2021”.
The representative of The British Council, Mr. Emmanuel Iyaji, who condemned the spate of Sexual Gender Based Violence in Borno, said the 16 day of activism is to combat violence against women and girls towards making them know their rights and encourage them to seek for justice.
NAPTIP representative, Hadiza Brabi said it is important that a thorough sensitization and mobilization campaigns should be carried out across the state by all the stakeholders in the fight against SGBV.