By Adamu Suleiman, Sokoto
The crusade against all forms of violence, particularly Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria is gaining more grounds and response with related agencies driving the course towards ending the menace.
Based on the objectives of fighting the menace, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it has rescued no fewer than 151 survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Sokoto State within six months.
In a chat with reporters at the opening of a four-day media dialogue in the Caliphate, the agency’s official, Hassana Mika’ilu said of the survivors, 103 were girls while 48 were boys who all got abused in one way or the other.
The media dialogue with an emphasis on ethical reporting and advocacy, driven under the EU UN Spotlight Initiative Programme seeks to eliminate Violence against Women and Girls (VAW&G) in Sokoto State.
According to the NAPTIP official, the survivors were abused in many ways, ranging from sexual assault, unnatural offences, child labour, child trafficking and molestation and other emotional and physical assault.
The Chief Field Officer of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Sokoto Mohammed Fall expressed shock and concern at the speed with which the rate of violence against women and children, especially girls was multiplying in the country.