Following the rising cases of rape in the country, the Chairman, Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Muazu Maifata, has vowed to support legal action against rapists in his local government.
Maifata made this known at the Council Secretariat when members of a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO)- Positive Minds Against Rape (PMAR), led by its Coordinator, Andrey Allu, paid him a visit in his office, in Lafia.
The Chairman commended the NGO for sensitising the authorities of his local government council on the need to partner against rape.
Maifata, therefore, promised to give the group the needed backing within the capacity of his Council so as to flush out disgruntled elements and perpetrators of rape in the area.
“We will continue to partner with you for taking these gallant step of fight against rape which has recently become a daily occurrence in our society.
“I assure you that we have reached out to all security agencies who have also assured us of their support in combating rapists in the state.
“This, we will do and in my capacity as the Council Chairman, I have vowed that I will provide the legal support to any victim of rape.
“We have already sponsored a lawyer against the rapist that defiled a three months old at Adogi here in Lafia, just as we have promised to build a fence around the compound of one of the family whose child was raped at Shabu, recently,” he said.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Positive Minds Against Rape (PMAR), Andrey Allu, said that they were at the Local Government Secretariat to create awareness and sensitise members of the public on the need to stand against rape which has become a pandemic.
She lamented that rape cases in Lafia and the state at large are on the rise in most communities with little or no efforts to halt the situation.
Andrey sought for the establishment of two centers that can provide legal action against perpetrators of rape, as well as a health care center specifically equipped for rape victims to be tested and treated.