Mr. Sunday Agbakaba, the Data Manager at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, revealed that Nigeria documented 27,698 cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence spanning from 2020 to 2023. This disclosure took place during a train-the-trainers workshop held in Umuahia, Abia State’s capital, focusing on utilizing the GBV dashboard for reporting.
Agbakaba clarified that the data encompassed records from the initiation of the GBV National Dashboard from 2020 up to October 2023. He further detailed that out of these cases, the ministry documented 1,145 fatal incidents of GBV, resulting in 393 perpetrators being convicted during the mentioned period.
Additionally, Agbakaba highlighted specific statistics reflected on the dashboard: 9,636 ongoing cases, 3,432 newly reported cases, 1,741 resolved cases, and 1,895 cases under follow-up.
“The dashboard is an innovative central reporting and data visualisation platform for real-time tracking of different types and locations of GBV in the country,” he said.
He mentioned that the dashboard’s purpose is to improve the reporting of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Regarding Abia State, which recorded 92 reported incidents and four fatal cases, it occupied the lowest position on the GBV national dashboard.
Mrs. Uju Ohanenye, the Minister of Women Affairs, highlighted that the training aimed to encourage Abia to actively participate in utilizing the national dashboard for reporting, especially due to the rising rate of GBV. Represented by Tony Iwere, the Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics in the ministry, Ohanenye emphasized the necessity of reporting such crimes to ensure perpetrators face consequences.
“We realised that most times, religious leaders or the traditional rulers suppress most of these cases in churches or palaces.
“Rape is a criminal case, no person has the right or mandate to stop such except the court and that is why we are escalating it to the front burner,” the minister said.
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