Kwara State government raised the alarm at the weekend that cases of rape were on the increase across the state. The Director (Child) in the state Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajia Bilkis Sidiq, said the state recorded more than 1,000 rape cases annually.
“There is a booklet where such cases are recorded and the number keeps rising on the list,” she said. Sidiq gave the figure while taking part in a ‘Walk Against Rape,’ organised by an Ilorin-based group, Saab Foundation, which is seeking death penalty for rapists.
The director, who represented the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Alhaja Ayinke Saka, regretted that rapes cases being recorded in the ministry feature more elderly people than young adults as perpetrators.
The founder of Saab Foundation, Miss Bibire Sa’adat, a 21-year-old graduate of Mass Communication, expressed concern that there was no effective law yet against rape while the police and society still stigmatised survivors.
Sa’adat, who started the campaign against rape in January, said she had so far been involved with eight survivors, among them three young girls one of who was raped repeatedly by the maid in their house. The other two, she said, were raped by their uncles.