Women group say Katsina Attorney General must resign for defaming rape victims

Nigerian Feminist Forum

Attorney General of Katsina State blamed women for rape crimes committed against them.

 

The Nigeria Feminist Forum, NFF, has called for the immediate resignation of the Attorney General of Katsina State, Ibrahim Dan-Soho, after he accused women of culpability in most rape cases.

In a statement signed by the NFF’s secretary, Iheoma Obibi, the group expressed disgust at the remark and said Mr. Dan-Soho is unfit to protect the right of women considering his stance on the crime against women.

“We are asking for your resignation since you are unable and unfit to offer protection as you are required to, to victims of gender based violence as required by your position, the group said. “Your comments and attitude are a danger to public safety and security. Any Chief Law Officer that harbours this view has a duty to re-consider his position as such because this is fundamentally incompatible with the functions and primary responsibilities of the Attorney-General.”

Ms. Obibi said Mr. Dan Soho’s statement is unbefitting of an official charged with the protection of peoples’ rights, adding that victims of rape in Katsina State have no hope of justice or protection when the Attorney General has a dangerous stance on rape.

“It is important that this is on record that what you said if attributed to you, is incompatible with your position as Chief Law Officer of Katsina State which carries with it great responsibility to ensure the safety and security of women and girls.

The Attorney General had in a conference themed ‘Sextortion’ which held last Friday by International Association of Women Judges in Abuja, said, “rape is self inflicted…in at least 90% of cases.”

The statement drew the ire of lawyers present at the event and a large portion of the society especially female and human right groups.

Ms. Obibi lamented that Nigeria is lagging behind and has fallen below international standard on issues concerning gender based violence and all forms of discrimination against women despite the fact that the country is a signatory to “several of such convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, CEDAW, and the protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women.”

Ms. Obibi also charged leaders and law officer to do more in order to take a clear action to address the problem of discrimination and violence against women.


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