Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, revealed that a concerning total of 24,720 Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases were reported across the 36 states and the FCT between September and October 3.
These cases encompass various forms of violence, including 975 fatal incidents and 1,505 cases that have been resolved through various means. Currently, 8,540 cases remain pending either with the police or in court, with only 306 resulting in convictions over the past four years.
Kennedy-Ohanenye emphasized the need for urgent collective action to combat this alarming trend, which disproportionately affects women and children. She proposed the establishment of mobile courts, especially in rural areas, to bolster the rule of law, enhance access to justice, and improve the handling of cases related to violence against women and girls.
The minister also addressed recent incidents of molestation and jungle justice, pledging that the government would ensure justice prevails and take measures to prevent mob violence.
She reaffirmed the government's commitment to ending all forms of violence, ensuring justice for victims and survivors, and promoting women's empowerment and girl-child education.