The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Gombe State Office, North east Nigeria has said that it had received over 300 reported cases of domestic violence for 2018. Mr. Mohammed Abari, the Assistant Chief Investigative Officer of the commission made this known in Gombe on Thursday.
Abari said that there was an increase in the rate at which people turned up to report cases of violence against women, adding that the statistics showed that every year, there was an increase in such cases. He said, “In 2018, we received about 300 reported cases of domestic violence which is against 254 of such cases recorded in 2017. Out of which, some have been treated, some ongoing and others referred to the appropriate authorities in line with their mandate. There is a tremendous increase in cases reported since the commission was set up in the state. In 2013, we recorded 25 cases reported and since then we had improvement in the number of reported cases. Sometimes in a day, we receive close to six cases and even on weekends. On the average out of 7 to 10 reported cases in a day, four to five are cases of violence against women.”
Abari said that violence against women had received the needed attention, stressing that series of sensitizations had enlightened the people on where and how to go about such cases when they arose. He said that cases of domestic violence had contributed to the increase in out-of-school children, adding that when such cases lead to divorce, most women were not capable of taking up the educational responsibility of their children.