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NGO Decries The Rise of Online Gender Based Violence

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The center for information technology and development CITAD has lamented the increasing rate of gender based violence in Kano.

Zainab Aminu the gender program officer stated this while addressing newsmen at the Headquarters of the centre on the reported cases of Gender based violence in the month of December 2021.

According to Zainab Aminu said data shows that GBV is been perpetrated against both male and female gender with a higher number of female victims within all age ranges in both rural, urban and suburban communities with prevalence in Urban communities.

The Gender Program officer said the cases highly reported is Sexual Harassment and perpetrators are mostly male.

She pointed out that observation have shown that the most of the perpetrators have no relation to the victims. Although in some cases reported, the perpetrators are either family members, teachers/lecturers, student peers of the victims.

In comparison with the data obtained in previous months, there was an increase in the reported cases from that of previous months.

Zainab Aminu further itemized the following issues on GBV

• Rape cases reported in December neither decline nor increased in percentage.

• Online harassment in December has an increase of 25% from the previous month.

• Sexual blackmail case still remains 1 reported case.

• In the case of Sexual Harassment, 18 cases were reported in December which depicts a 25% increase.

• For sexual abuse, we had 6 cases in December with a 25% increase.

• We observed 6 reported cases of wife battering in the month of December which also depicts a 25% increase in reported cases compared to the previous month.

This shows that there is still need for actions to be taken in term of Gender Based Violence in the state in order to eliminate/curb GBV noted Zainab.

Zainab Aminu called on government to implement the following.

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➢ We reiterate our previous call to the Kano State Government and House of Assembly to domesticate the Child Rights Act and VAPP Act at the state level if implemented, will contribute in curbing this menace. The state government should not only adopt laws to protect women and girls, but also establish Referral Centers and Forensic Centers for victims.

➢ Religious and Traditional leaders both at state and local levels should continue to intensify efforts in creating awareness against GBV and encouraging individuals to voice out when they observe any such violence. Media houses should also continue to use their platforms in creating awareness against GBV and be reporting punishments given to perpetrators.

➢ Recommendation for media: to contribution in enlightening people and giving space to people to report cases of abuse.

CITAD further made the following appeal.

A major observation is that communities are still reluctant to report cases of GBV. While we continue to monitor, we can only reach a small part of the state. We are not able to reach and cover the whole state. For this reason, we will like to appeal to parents, relatives and others to always report cases to the various to either directly to us or to other sister NGOs as well as to government agencies such as NOA, NAPTIP or Hisbah. GBV strives when we all keep quiet. We cannot win the battle against it unless every perpetrator is brought to the books. Keeping salient is not protecting the victims who suffer while the perpetrators take this silence as a stamp of acceptability.

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Group called on Federal Government to end nepotism in NOUN

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has been advised to end the alleged impunity and nepotism ,injustice at the national open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

This was contained in a press statement signed by suleiman Idris the National secretary of the concern citizens issued to NIgerian Tracker.

According the statement ” a particular group dominated the strategic leadership position at the national open University of Nigeria NOUN”.

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“The National open University of Nigeria is a federal open and distance learning ODL institution,the first of its kind in the west African sub region ,it is the Nigeria largest tertiary institution but unfortunately the institution has been hijacked”

He explained that all the principal position such as the chairman governing council and the position of vice Chancellor and other key positions.

The group there appealed to the federal government to look in to their problem to take all the necessary measure as federal character concern.

“Every one deserved equal right and same opportunity without regard to the ethnic or religions or background”

The secretary further stated that “we vehemently condemned the disastrous action in NOUN with a matter of urgency ,we are calling for the quick action and intervention by the federal government to address the stituation” he stated.

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Appeal Court Reserves Judgement In Kano APC Crisis

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The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the Abdullahi Ganduje faction of the All Progressive Congress in Kano against Ibrahim Shekarau led group.

The court on Friday took the briefs and objections of the parties in the suit and reserved judgement for the three appeals.

Recalls that an FCT High Court had upheld the parallel ward and local government congresses conducted by the Senator Ibrahim Shekarau led faction as against that of the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje group.

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The congresses produced Abdullahi Abbas from the Ganduje’s side Chairman and Ahmadu Haruna Danzago as Chairman from the Shekarau side.

Dissatisfied with the court rulings , the Ganduje led group filed 3 appeal at the appellate court.

 

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Abducted Five Year Old Girl Found Dead In Kano

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Despite collecting part of the N6million demanded, the abductors of 5-year-old Kano girl, Hanifa Abubakar, have killed her.

Her uncle, Suraj Suleiman, confirmed the killing and recovery of her remains at a mushroom private school in Tudunwada area of Kano.

According to him, the abductor first took her to his wife, but the wife rejected to keep her.

The kidnapper first took Hanifa to his wife, but the wife refused to keep her. He then took her to Tudunwada where he operates a private school, and then laced her tea with rat poison,” her uncle said.

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“After she was poisoned to death, the kidnappers then cut her body into pieces and buried it within the school.”

It was gathered that the abductors were arrested around Zaria Road in Kano last night while attempting to collect the second tranche of the ransom.

The 5-year-old was whisked away on December 4, 2021 by the kidnappers, who came in a commercial tricycle and lured her to enter for a joyride.

The incident occurred at 5pm when she and other neighbourhood children were returning from an Islamic school.

(Daily Nigerian)

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