Kano State commissioner for justice, Maliki Kuliya Umar has disclosed that over 100 reported cases of rape between November and December 2013 in Kano courts while many more of such reported cases were settled outside courtrooms within the same period.
Speaking in an interview in Kano, Barrister Umar noted that the number of the reported cases was so high because people are now aware of the need to report rape cases to the police, unlike before when victims’ parents or guardians remained silent because of the stigma.
He explained that more than 40 rapists were convicted and are serving terms in prison.
“Rape is becoming problematic not only in Kano or Nigeria but also globally”, he insisted.
According to the commissioner, the fight against rape requires collaborative efforts on the parts of parents, guardians, authorities and other stakeholders. “All hands must be on deck to check the excesses of the problem”, he advised.
The commissioner revealed that the state governor, Engr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has approved some funds for aggressive media campaign against rape cases in the state.
On the number of cases received by courts in the state within the period of two and a half years of the present administration, he said under the category of public prosecution, they received 1,185 cases, while civil litigation cases increased to 186 and out of which 72 were concluded. He further revealed that under the category of citizens’ rights, 126 cases were received in 2013, and 45 cases were settled.
He disclosed that 34 bills were assented to by the state governor during the period, adding that all the bills were executive bills.
When asked about what the government was doing to further enhance good administration of justice in the state, the commissioner stated that within the period under review, the state government has constructed 56 new courts of all categories, while the state has zero-tolerance for corruption and indiscipline.