From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
Yesterday, a group of activists against gender-based violence in Yobe state, led by UNHCR, the United Nation Refugee Agency, paid courtesy visits to two traditional rulers in Yobe State, the Emir of Fika local government council and his counterpart, the Emir of Potiskum to seek their support in the fight against rape which they said is discovered to be rampant in the state.
While at the palace of the Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Idrissa, who is also the Chairman Yobe Council of Chiefs, the royal father expressed full support of the entire Emirate Council in the fight to reduce or eradicate the cases of gender violence, particularly, rape cases which he admitted is rampant in the community.
Represented by an eminent member and a holder of the traditional tittle of Dallatun Fika, Alhaji Baba Abari, the emir revealed that the council is already working out plans within the council, to sensitive the people on the importance of support to rid the community of the rampant case of rape
“We have keyed into the program a hundred percent. Let me draw your attention that even last two weeks or so, there was a special emirate council meeting summoned by his royal highness the emir, which included all our security outfits particularly on the issue of rampant cases of rape in Potiskum and its environs,” he stated and commended the organizers for the sensitizing walk pointing out that it is time,” he said..
He however called on police and the judiciary to rethink how they are handling such cases to ensure the success of eradicating or reducing the cases to a minimal level.
The Emir of Potiskum, Alh. Umaru Bubara, while welcoming the group, pledged support and corporation of the entire Emirate Council in sensitizing the people and in taking necessary action to ensure that victims and their families are helped to report any cases of rape and other forms of gender based violence in other to rid the community of such vices.
“We are in support of your courage and determination for exhibiting and demonstrating to our people the evil of what is happening in the society against our female genders as well as the repercussion on our youths who indulges in these practices,” he stated.
Also speaking, a representative of the Association of Women Lawyers, FIDA, in the state, Barrister Aisha Mohammed Sani said that the cases of rape is rampant and the courts are full of rape cases
“The cases of rape is rampant and our courts are full of rape cases. We are calling on people to also watch and guard the movement of their children with their friends and others. We also urge and call on parents and wards with such cases to come and report to the association with full confidence that, where necessary, such reports would be treated with utmost confidentiality and punishment meted to the culprit,” She said.