The Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development in Kaduna State, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, on Thursday expressed concern over rising cases of violations of children in the state.
Baba said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna that rape of children topped the list of violations recorded in 2019.
“Child violation data in the state is showing that we were having so many rape cases in 2019.
“The governor is so concerned and many people are being arrested for that.
“Because of the prompt action of the present administration and the signing into law of the Child Welfare and Protection Act, a lot of people are coming to seek for justice,” she said.
“What is disturbing is that we have many male children also being violated,” she added.
Baba said the government was pursuing about 56 rape cases in court, pledging that the Ministry of Justice would ensure that justice is done to the victims.
“Last week, a rapist was convicted and jailed for eight years by Justice Hannatu Balogun,” she said.
The commissioner said the state government had constituted a Task Force on Monitoring of all cases of rape across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Because of the alarming rate of rape, the governor has constituted a Tasks Force on Rape, under the Chairmanship of Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sani Dattijo.
“The task force comprised all critical stakeholders, traditional and religious leaders and all the security agencies in the state.
“The committee has already started working, and will be submitting monthly report to the executive.”
According to her, the task force will submit monthly data on rape cases from each local government area in the state.