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DFID expresses worry over increasing sexual assaults



PHOTO: lawenforcementtoday

PHOTO: lawenforcementtoday

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) has expressed dismay at the increasing cases of rapes, defilement, sexual assaults as well as domestic violence in the country, asking the federal and state governments to arrest the tide by funding the current efforts by concerned international organisations.

Speaking at a network meeting of Sexual Assaults Referral Centres (SARC) aimed at building a SARC Advocacy Network in Nigeria in Enugu, the National Programme Manager of Justice for All, Mr. Bob Arnot lamented that in Lagos and Enugu states alone, a total of 1,862 rape cases had been recorded in the past two years, noting that the situation had capacity of getting out of hand if something was not urgently done.

Arnot said already, the United Kingdom government had spent a whopping one million pounds in establishing SARC centres across the country as well as in providing training, advocacy and giving attention in forms of social works, getting justice and medical attention to survivors of sexual abuse across the country.

He noted that since their funding season was coming to an end, with enormous works yet to be done, it had become imperative for the Nigerian government to show considerable interest in the fight.

According to him, with about fifty million pounds so far spent in Nigeria under the Justice for All Program in the last five years on a wide range of issues including assistance to police and anti-graft
agencies, the UK government had shown so much interest in the country.

He also urged the government to find ways of addressing the slow pace of justice delivery system in the country, bemoaning a situation where out of almost 2000 rape cases, less than 20 have been successfully prosecuted.

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