ActionAid Nigeria has lamented that rape cases in the country have increased by 149%. The increase in cases was attributed to the lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement issued by the Board of Trustees (BoT) of ActionAid Nigeria said “Since the commencement of lockdowns, reported cases of gender-based violence have substantially risen with a monthly increase of 149 percent in 23 out of the 36 states in Nigeria, where we could obtain data on SGBV”
“Despite this, till date, only 17 out of 36 states and the FCT have passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Nigeria.”
“Sexual gender-based violence response services should be a basic and accessible service in every state of Nigeria. The minimum standards for prevention and response to SGBV in emergencies should be institutionalised. The foundational standards will help states engage communities better, support national systems, and collect data for effective utilisation.”