By Abdullahi Tukur
The Wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Hajiya Zainab Nasir Idris, has advocated for the creation of Special Courts for the trial of rape cases and other sexually gender based violence in the state so as to clam down the rising cases of rape.
The Governor’s wife, also expressed worried that, minimal prosecution of offenders of rape attributed to the increasing rape cases in the society including minors.
Hajiya Zainab Idris, stated this while receiving members of the National Human Rights Commission who visited her at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi, on an advocacy campaign.
She pointed out that, there is need of enforcing a maximum punishment of life imprisonment to offenders of rape already in the statutes books of the country.
The wife of the governor, called for strong coordination among parents, police and judiciary to curtail the trend that has assumed great dimension in both urban centres and rural areas.
She affirmed support to the National Human Rights Commission in its advocacy campaign against rape and sexual violence among the populace.
Earlier, Kebbi State Coordinator of the Commission, Barrister Hamza Wala, solicited for moral and material support from the wife of the governor in curtailing cases of rape in the state through thorough prosecution of offenders.
He informed the Governor’s wife that, the commission has documented more than one hundred cases of rape against women and girls especially in the rural areas of which few cases were now in court.
Barrister Wala, complained that some parents of rape victims were not forthcoming to divulge information because they regarded such issues as taboo which if exposed, might impact negatively on their daughters in finding suitors for marriage and also the Police has not been supportive enough in the prosecution of rape cases in the state.