Kebbi state Governor’s Wife, Hajiya Zainab Nasare Nasir Idris has advocated the creation of Special Courts to try cases of rape and other sexual gender-based violence to eliminate the rising incidence of such criminality in the state.
Khadijat Saidu, the Press Secretary to Zainab Nasare disclosed this in a statement.
According to the statement, the Governor’s wife is worried that because of minimal prosecution of offenders, matters of rape including minors are on the increase in society.
She bared her mind while receiving members of the National Human Rights Commission who visited her at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi, on Tuesday in the course of their advocacy campaign.
The Governor’s wife spoke about the necessity of enforcing the maximum punishment on convicted offenders of life imprisonment which is already in the statutes books of the country.
Zainab Nasare made it clear that many perpetrators continue to engage in such dastardly acts because of non-prosecution which gave them liberty, courage, and privilege.
The Governor’s wife wants strong coordination among parents, police, and judiciary to curtail the trend that has assumed great dimension in both urban centers and rural areas.
She remarked that incisive action must be taken to save women and girls from unwarranted sexual assault now posing a threat to their livelihood and well-being.
Zaina Nasare affirmed support for 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 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 her 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 Hamza 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.
The coordinator further complained that the Police have not been supportive enough in the prosecution of rape cases in the state.