From Gyang Pam, Yola

No fewer than 54 cases of rape were recorded in Adamawa State.

A British based support programme in the state disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting made this startling disclosure.

According to the state project co-ordinator of Hope Centre Barrister Hafsatu Abdullahi at the stakeholders meeting on sexual gender base violence, prevention, mitigation and reporting this was alarming.

A youth corper Fatima Sakla organized the programme with support from the British Council in Yola the state capital.

Barrister Hafsat disclosed that from the inception of the centre on March 27th 2018 it recorded 180 cases of rape.   “From the 29th of July to the 29th of September, it affected children under the age of 13 years.

She pointed out that the revised penal code stipulates a minimum of 10 years term of imprisonment and a maximum of 21 years.

State coordinator, International Republican Institute (IRI) Charity Anaya advocated for the culture of punishing perpetrators of rape.

Anaja debunked the motion that rape is a product of improper dressing adding “Improper dressing and indecent dressing before men can be likened to sexual harassment when even a five-year-old girl was raped some few months back”.

In her speech, coordinator of the workshop Fatima Saka disclosed that as part of her community development service she had decided to hold a stakeholders meeting considering the current situation of increase in rape cases.

She then called on parents and guardians to monitor the behavior of their children especially with peer groups to avoid falling prey.

Our correspondent who was in attendance at the auditorium of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Yola disclosed that the occasion was attended by representatives of security agencies, religious and traditional leaders, civil society organizations and students.

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