By Rodiat Jokodolu.
Knowcovid-19 Nigeria, a group committed to tackling misinformation relating to Covid-19 and providing reliable updates about the pandemic, has released a report about the spate of gender-based violence since the outbreak of the virus.
In the report, a copy of which was obtained by INSIDER, the group said “women face 96% of all forms of violence between June – September 2020.”
Reiterating the threat posed by the increasing cases of violence against women across Nigeria, Knowcovid-19 Nigeria calls on relevant stakeholders to collaborate to “improve the implementation of laws aimed at protecting victims of this violence and ensuring that offenders are punished.”
The nationwide breakdown of the GBV recorded during the period covered by the report, June – September, 2020, shows that Lagos State has the highest cases of 850, followed by Benue State with 220 cases.
A part of the statement by the Knowcovid-19 Nigeria team reads, “A record of 1,512 cases was recorded in June – the highest in recent months. Record also shows that 4,560 cases of GBV was recorded in 33 states including the FCT between June and September 2020 with the highest cases, 850, recorded in Lagos.
“Benue state has 220 cases – second highest in the country, with Ebonyi state recording the lowest cases at 26 cases. The unprecedented rise in cases of GBV during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a cause of concern.”
Concluding, the report proposed that all existing laws in Nigeria relating to gender-based violence be reviewed to enable offenders to be tried with within a reasonable time and be brought to justice. It also recommended for the expansion of the awareness and sensitization campaigns around the menace so that citizens can participate in checkmating it.
See copy of the report below: