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Nigeria recorded 3,600 rape cases during lockdown - UN

Nigeria recorded over 3,600 rape cases during lockdown- UN
Emeh Joy

The United Nation's on Tuesday expressed concern over the rate of gender-based violence in Nigeria, stating that during the COVID-19 lockdown, an estimated 3,600 cases of rape were recorded in the nation.

It also added that it is committed to keeping the communication line open with the Ministry of Women Affairs in order to strengthen the availability of data on violence against women.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed made this known during the launching of the Violence Against Women and Girls Situation Room - Spotlight Initiative.

The programme was jointly organised by the European Union, UN and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. It paves the way for decision-makers and programme managers to better analyse and view GBV data in real-time.

According to Amina Mohammed, the joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative aims at creating a Nigeria where all girls and women, particularly the most vulnerable, live a life free from violence and harmful practices.

"The need for this initiative has perhaps never been as evident as amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the whole world, including Nigeria.

"The Honourable Minister of Women's Affairs has stated that the number of rapes has increased by three times compared to the previous level.

"During the lockdown, each state in Nigeria has reported over 100 rape cases, equaling over 3,600 rape cases nationwide", Amina Mohammed said.

The chairman, House of Representatives, Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, Otunba Adewunmi Onanuga, representing Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North called for united action against gender-based violence in the nation.

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