A Non-governmental Organization based in Adamawa State, Hope Center, said it has recorded fifty four reported rape cases within three months in the state.

State Project Coordinator of a Britain based support programme in the state, Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (ROLAC) and member of the Hope Center, Barrister Hafsatu Abdullahi revealed this at a stakeholders meeting in Yola.

The meeting organized by an NYSC Corps member serving in the state, Fatima Saka with support from the British Council office, Yola, was on the role of stakeholders in sexual gender based violence, prevention, mitigation and reporting.

The ROLAC Project Coordinator explained that the fifty four cases were reported to the center between 29th of July to 29th September this year, adding that children under the ages of thirteen years were the victims.

Barrister Hafsat, disclosed that from the inception of the center on 27th March 2018, it had recorded 180 rape cases.

She further disclosed that the revised Panel Code Law stated that, minimum term punishment for rape is 21 years, while life imprisonment stands as the maximum.

The State Coordinator, International Republican Institute IRI, Charity Anaja, advocated for the culture of punishing the perpetrators of rape in the society.

The organiser, Fatima Saka said, she decided to hold the stakeholders meeting as part of her community development service, considering the current situation of the increasing rape cases in the state.

The meeting was attended by representatives of security, religious and traditional leaders, civil society organizations.

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