Girl defilement increasing in Kaduna – NGO

FILE PHOTO: A rape victim in Nigeria

FILE PHOTO: A rape victim in Nigeria

Arrida Relief Foundation, a civil society organisation, on Monday pleaded with the Kaduna State Government to take urgent actions to stem the rising cases of defilement of underage girls.

Hajiya Rabi Ibrahim, the founder of the foundation, said in Kaduna that reported cases of rape had risen from an average of two to eight every week.

According to her, the age of the victims range from between four and 10 years.

“Many of the cases of defilement are not reported by the victims’ parents due to either fear of stigmatisation, lack of awareness, poverty or threat by suspected culprits.

“Cases of defilement that we are prosecuting in various courts in the state are increasing at alarming rate.

“Therefore, we call on the Kaduna State Government to declare a state of emergency because our children are no longer safe,” Ibrahim said.

She appealed to the state government to give free medical examination and proper treatment to victims.

“We are also seeking for speedy domestication of the Child Right Act in the state and free medical examination for victims of such cases,” she said.

But girl defilement is not peculiar to Kaduna alone.

On 23 October, operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command apprehended a tricycle rider for allegedly abducting a 15-year old girl and turning her into a sex slave.

The suspect, Dada Azeez, 28, abducted Bukunmi on October 5 while on errand for her aunt in Agege area before the RRS operatives rescued her on October 21th, 2016 at his hideout in Agege.

The alleged abduction of the girl was disclosed by her sister, Mrs Gbemisola, who stated that the girl was abducted with a sum of N58,000:00 meant for her thrift contribution.

The suspect, after weeks of lodging in several locations to evade arrest, was eventually nabbed by the operatives at his residence at 7, Oseni Street, Danjuma Cinema area, Agege with the girl in his one room apartment.

Confessing to the crime, the suspect disclosed that he wooed the girl when she was 14 years old at her sister’ shop in Agege. “We started having secret affair about a year ago. But her sister frowned at our relationship when she got to know.

“Unknown to her, we were still seeing each other. In order to be have regular conversation with her, I bought a mobile phone for her and instructed her to hide it from her sister.

“So, whenever she intended coming to meet me, she will call and I will describe our meeting point for her”.

He added “then I thought if she could elope with me that would be better for us. I started working on her psyche and deceiving her with some material things”.

“I was able to perpetrate the crime when her sister sent her on errand on one Sunday afternoon. However, I didn’t know she was with such amount of money. I just wanted to take her far away from her guardian for not supporting our relationship”, he revealed.

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