By Mary Jalingo


His Royal Highness, Emir of Minna, Alh. (Dr.) Umar Farouk Bahago

His Royal Highness, Emir of Minna, Alh. (Dr.) Umar Farouk Bahago, has said that the ills of forced child marriage and rape often interrupts a victim’s education as well as limit any possibility of economic independence.
The Emir stated this during an advocacy visit to his palace by members of the State branch of Women Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) in Minna.
He said the era of such barbaric act was over and pledged his readiness towards ensuring that sexual harassment and assault on girls and women was brought to an end.
” I will hold a meeting with district and Ward heads aimed at sensitising them on the dangers of such acts which is capable of entrapping women and young girls in relationships that would deprived them of their basic fundamental human rights”
Speaking earlier, the Acting State Coordinator WRAPA, Mrs. Laitu Danladi said findings by Rayuwa Sexual Assault Referral Center (RAYUWA SARC) shows that over 61 cases of rape was reported in the state in 2016 while within January to July 2017, 48 cases of rape have so far being reported.
Mrs. Laitu Danladi decried the increasing rate of rape and early child and forced marriage in the state noting that such acts are capable of leaving their victims severely destroy psychologically, emotionally, medically and financially.
She lamented that more of such cases were found in Niger South Senatorial Zone and called on the government to ensure that laws prohibiting forced, early child marriage and rape were fully implemented with stringent punishment for offenders.
The Coordinator noted that the legal unit of the state needs to be empowered as legal action against those found guilty have not really served as a deterant to others and urged the emir to use his good office to implore on the government to take action.