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By Ankeli Emmanuel (Sokoto)

Worried by the ever increasing incidences of GBV especially rape and sodomy in Sokoto State, the State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Mr. Muhammad Saleh Dada, has said that perpetrators of such despicable acts and their sympathizers are mentally retarded.

Muhammad Dada who spoke when members of the Sokoto State Gender-Based Response Team (GBVR Team) paid him a courtesy visit in his office, stated that there should be a stiffer penalty for those engaged in such acts to deter others.

"Perpetrators of GBV, and rape, as well as those coming to rescue them, are mentally retarded. I consider attitudes of GBV very disgusting"

Giving an example of how he was emotionally disturbed when he saw a 64 years old man that raped 4 years old, the Sokoto NSCDC Commandant wondered if it is not being done for some metaphysical reasons.

"I cried seeing 64 years old man raped 4 years. Raping seems to have become a habit for some people here. It seems they are using it for voodoo purposes. With all the prostitutes around, useless men, senselessly go after minors".

While noting that he will never compromise on cases of rape because he has female children as well, Mr. Muhammad Dada gave his total support to the fight against GBV.

"I will never compromise on issues of GBV, even if it will cost me my seat", he said

Looking at the alarming rate at which cases of rape are on the increase in Sokoto. state, the NSCDC Commandant recalls his advice that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal should ensure stiffer penalties against the perpetrators of rape in the State, as this is the only way of deterring others.

"Incidences of rape cases in Sokoto are alarming. We record these cases almost on daily basis. Rape and other forms of GBV are those offenses that touch emotions. Penalties for rape cases in Sokoto is not stiff which is why people engage in rape".

Speaking earlier before presenting a laptop donated by Spotlight Initiative, through UNICEF, Mr Pius Uwamanua, the Sokoto State Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF alongside members of the State Gender-Based Response Team, appealed for more collaboration from all stakeholders towards ending the rape menace. NNL.