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The National Agency for the prohibition of trafficking in person
has lamented the high statistic in Rape and domestic Abuse among some Nigerians during
the restriction order handed down by president Mohammadu Buhari due to the Coronavirus
that is said to be ravaging the world and that which has killed millions of
people.  

The
NAPTIP Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, said this in an interview with
journalists in Abuja during the distribution of palliatives to orphanages and
other partners of the agency operating shelters for trafficked victims
.

The
palliatives were donated by the Alumni Association of the National Institute
for Policy and Strategic Studies, Plateau State, to the Federal Capital
Territory Administration, which thereafter gave the items to NAPTIP.

Okah-Donli
said the latest case recorded was a man in Abuja who raped his four-year-old
daughter and was caught and reported by his wife.

She
said, “Domestic and sexual abuses have been crazy. The cases are increasing. I
think some men are suffering from cabin fever. They are not used to staying at
home with their wives. So the more their wives are in their faces, the more
they get angry and beat them up. We recorded over 30 cases during a certain
period.

“Even
rape, sodomy; the last we got was a father who raped his four-year-old daughter
and was caught by his wife. We have had many dirty cases recently. We cannot
keep the suspects in custody because of COVID-19.

“They
have been granted bail but as soon as we can prosecute them, we will start to
do that.”

Okah-Donli
said the relief items were donated to them by the FCTA, adding “and we gave
them out to seven of our partners. This gesture will continue as we get more
from the authorities.”

The
AANI Vice-President, Hajiya Aisha Dankani, said the palliatives included bags
of 10kg rice, 500 packets of noodles and 30 packets each containing 50 bottles
of cooking oil.

She
said, “We have chosen the FCT, Lagos and Kano as the first three states to
reach out to. We hope that God will see us through this pandemic period.

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