Nigeria: Adamawa Records 774 Sexual, Gender-Based Violence Cases, Convicts 297

Adamawa State recorded 774 cases of sexual and gender-based violence between 2020 and the first half of 2021. 297 of the perpetrators have so far been convicted.

This was disclosed in Yola on Monday by Dr Ukohi Ukiwo, Technical Lead, Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) Programme, at the opening of a five-day capacity building workshop.

The workshop's participants are doctors, nurses and counsellors on management of sexual and gender-based violence.

The workshop was organised by the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA) in collaboration with MCN and funded by the British Council (BC) through the European Union (EU).

Dr Ukiwo said the workshop was organised to educate participants on how to identify and provide emergency treatment for victims.

He said, "Sexual and gender-based violence are occurring more in communities because of absence of care and the silence that follows the incidents. We hope that by training of primary healthcare personnel who are closer to the people, the survivors will be able to have emergency and first aid treatment. Through emergency treatment, firsthand evidence will be gathered to enable the authorities to prosecute perpetrators."

He further said bringing the training close to communities would help in gathering and managing early evidences, and stressed that the solution to eradicate the menace was to ensure prosecution of perpetrators to serve as deterrent to others.

In his remarks, Dr Bashir Sulaiman, Executive Chairman of ASPHDA, said the agency was positively responding to sexual and gender-based violence in the state.

Dr Sulaiman noted that the core objective of the training was to create awareness and empower participants with knowledge on how to easily detect suspects and victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

He said, "Our personnel are available and well trained and have tools to counsel and guide in the three sexual assault referral centres in the state. Where there is need for justice, we do that through various partners."

About 50 participants from the 21 local government areas of the state are attending the training. (NAN)

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