- The federal government has reacted to the recent incidences of sexual assault in some parts of the country
- The government called for an investigation into the reported cases with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice
- The federal government also assured the public that it will address the growing tide of gender-based violence in the country
The federal government has directed the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the gang-rape and murder of a female student of the University of Benin, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, in Benin, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The government equally called for an investigation into the serial sexual abuse of a minor in Jigawa state by 14 men.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, June 2, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that by bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crimes to justice, the federal government will be serving a strong notice of its total aversion to gender-based violence in whatever form.
The minister described the gang-rape and murder of Miss Omozuwa in Edo state as a cruel and barbaric act that offends human sensibility, in addition to being antithetical to decency.
He also said the serial sexual abuse of a minor by 14 men in Jigawa state is highly condemnable.
He assured members of the public that the federal government will do everything possible to stem the growing tide of gender-based violence in the country.
Meanwhile, a group, Say No Campaign, has stated that the federal government must take responsibility for increasing cases of rape in Nigeria.
A statement signed by the co-convener of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu on Monday, June 1, lamented that the Nigerian society has become acutely unsafe for children and worse off for the female gender.
Part of the statement read: “There is no excuse for rape, more so, the rape of children, young adult or even the aged. An act so inhumane must not only be popularly condemned but seen to be severely punished and the victim served appropriate justice.
“The society has become acutely unsafe for children and worse off for the female gender, who not only battle hardship, displacement or child marriage, but are forced to tolerate sexual cruelty and degradation.
“The Nigerian government must take responsibility for the upsurge of this crime for failing to provide the necessary security, enforcing the law and rightly punishing offenders.”
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