Amnesty International (AI) has revealed that more than 100 cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) are reported weekly in Kano State.
The Executive Director, Women in Media Communication Initiative, Halima Ben Umar, who disclosed this at a media parley in Kano organised by AI, said, “In just a week over 139 cases were captured by my group. The abuses are physical torture, trauma, stigma and suffering, which calls for urgent action.”
Expressing worry over the development, the Country Director of AI, Isa Sanusi, said that they had already developed a comprehensive human rights agenda and handed the same to the state government.
Sanusi said, “Unfortunately, today there are no social safeguards for the poor and the vulnerable. We should have rights to education and healthcare because these services should be readily available for everyone.”
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The Board Chairman of AI, Nigeria, and Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, noted that central in the abuses were military and security agencies, hence the urgent need for media practitioners to heighten the calls for security accountability and to ensure that accountability was included in the military framework in Nigeria.