THE Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Monday in Kaduna, condemned the rampant cases of rape, especially in the northern part of the country.
The condemnation was contained in a statement issued by Mr Emmanuel Yawe, the National Publicity Secretary of the forum.
Yawe described the rising cases of rape as “alarming.”
“Daily, we read with horror in the newspapers, social media or hear on the electronic media horrific cases of rape; sometimes of under-aged girls as young as two years,” he said.
According to him, these acts are ungodly to all religions being practiced in the north; Islam, Christianity and African.
“ACF calls on parents, guardians, young girls, school managers, religious leaders to take note of this dangerous trend and protect these innocent girls from this abuse and barbarism.
” Sadly, sometimes these criminal acts are performed by those whom the girls look up to for protection, like fathers and other close family members,” he said.
He also called on law enforcement agencies to be more proactive in protecting girls and women.
“The judicial system must also review its processes and strengthen them to protect the girl-child.
“We regret to observe that as it is now, the girl-child in the northern part of Nigeria has become an endangered specie because of rampant cases of rape.
“Sometimes, the rapists go to the extent of killing their victims. This is a sad development that must stopped,” he said.
– June 9, 2020 @ 09:35 GMT |