The Bauchi State Command of the Nigeria Police has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with a Non-Governmental Organisation known as ‘Attah Sisters Helping Hands Foundation’ (ASHHF), to fight the scourge of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Bauchi state.
The Command Police Commissioner, Mr Sylvester Alabi, stated this when ASHHF foundation made a presentation on the status of SGBV in Bauchi during a police conference in the state.
He said they were always ready to collaborate with such Organization that were very impactful and different in the society.
“Fighting the scourge of sexual gender violence is the responsibility of everyone in the society.
“Therefore, as police officers, we rise to see that such menace is reduced in the society . The police would not tolerate this type of criminality in the state,” said the Commissioner.
He explained that the police were putting more effort to see that the issue of rape and other domestic violence have been reduced drastically.
Alabi commended ASHHF for their doggedness in reducing the Menace of rape and domestic violence across the state.
The CP assures the general public that the issue of rape, violence against women and any forms of criminality would not be looked into with laxity.
Also speaking, Mrs. Comfort Attah, the executive director, ASHHF, said the partnership with the police would definitely yield a positive result in the fight against sexual gender based violence in the state.
She said the police recorded 168 rape cases and her foundation recorded 43 rape cases that was referred to the police and other domestic violence.
She urged the police to keep supporting in the fight against the dreaded act so as to keep apprehending and prosecuting those perpetrating the heinous crime.
“The police have a duty to protect the SBGV victims, encourage a professional and gender sensitive approach to policing,” she said.
The Executive Director also talked about gender equality and women’s empowerment in the state.
“Gender norms and unequal power relations are the underlying causes of SGBV,” Attah said.
She, however, expressed her commitment to continue to collaborate with the police to end the menace of Sexual gender based violence.