Borno State Police decry withdrawal of rape cases by victims’ relatives

The Nigeria Police in Borno State has decried the alarming rate at which sexual and gender-based violence cases, especially rape, are being withdrawn by victims’ relatives from court; the force has consequently called for stringent laws to stop such moves.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Borno, DCP Ahmad Bello, made the call in Maiduguri at a stakeholders’ consultative meeting on Enhancing Gender-Responsive Security Operations and Community Dialogue, organised by UN Women in collaboration with the Borno Ministry of Women Affairs.

According to him, “Another major thing that needs to be addressed is the culture of silence and stigmatisation of rape and other sexual violence victims.

”We have seen instances where a sexual violence case is progressing, prosecutors will get court affidavits from victims’ relations saying they want to withdraw the case”.

”Such intentions to withdraw have to do with fear of stigmatisation. In many instances, the victims want justice but are put in a dilemma by their relations”, he said.

Bello called for laws to keep requests for withdrawal of the cases under key for some period of time to enable the victim to finally decide on the matter.

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