Borno Recorded 2,000 Human Rights Violation Cases In Four Years – NHRC

NHRCThe National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, on Wednesday, said it had recorded about 2,000 human right violation cases in Borno State in the last four years.

The coordinator of the commission in Borno, Alhaji Babangida Labaran, stated this in an interview with journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said the violation cases included alleged rape, wanton destruction of property, torture and brutality by security agencies.

Labaran stated that others included domestic cases like family dispute and violation against child right by parents.

He explained that despite the insurgency in Borno, NHRC was working towards protecting the rights of the citizens.

Labaran attributed the rising cases of violation of human rights, especially rape, to the unwillingness of parents to assist in prosecuting rape offenders in court.

The coordinator, however, urged parents, particularly women, to demonstrate concern and stand behind their wards to prosecute rape offenders, stressing that if the crime remained unchallenged, it would increase.

He added, “We recorded about 50 rape cases in 2014, while so many of these cases, we just hear them in town while the offenders go unpunished. Parents should know that they are not helping their children by accepting to settle rape cases out of court.

“They are killing the future of such children. You cannot quantify the pains encountered by the victims with monetary settlement.

“My advice for women is that they should rise up to fight any form of abuse against women, particularly rape and defilement”.

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