The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Borno State chapter, has revealed that no fewer than 364 sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) was recorded between January to April this year across the State.
FIDA said to curtail the alarming rate of the SGBV cases, it is working with various stakeholders including the Borno State House of Assembly to ensure domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 in the State.
Speaking at a High-Level Advocacy on ‘Popularisation and Increased Visibility for the Borno State Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill’ at the weekend in Maiduguri, the State Chairperson FIDA, Amina Mustapha Ibrahim, noted that the Boko Haram insurgency that ravaged Borno for years has contributed to rampant cases of gender-based abuses of all sorts.
She said top among the SGBV cases recorded in the state within the said period is rape in addition to domestic violence.
She added that FIDA gathered key stakeholders to garner support for the domestication of the Act which is an important piece of legislation aimed at tackling the incidences of violence against persons.
She, however, said the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan, who was represented by his deputy at the event, assured that the Act will be domesticated soon in the State.