By G9ija

The Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, has cautioned Nigerians to desist from justifying rape or get arrested.

She accused parents of not properly bringing up their wards and children, explaining that 90 per cent of rape cases were committed by uncles, fathers, and relations.

Speaking while responding to questions from journalists in Abuja on Wednesday on the rising incidents of gender-based violence across the country, Okah-Donli said careless acts by parents were responsible for rape cases.

She said NAPTIP would approach the Ministry of Justice to push for the establishment of a special court to try rapists.

Okah-Donli also called for life imprisonment for convicted rapists, adding that there was a need to educate Nigerians on rape issues.

She stated, “In the last one month, Nigeria has witnessed growing incidences of rape recorded across all parts of the country. Every day, we wake up to the news of another girl, woman, or child raped, battered, or killed in the process.

“This has equally triggered all manners of responses from Nigerians to the extent that some make jokes out of it.

“Some persons unashamedly blame the victims for adorning themselves in provocative and revealing materials and some have actually displayed annoying insensitivity by posting such things in social media trying to explain away a crime. Rape is a crime; it is violence against persons.”

The NAPTIP boss said cases could be reported on the agency’s phone lines and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

She said her agency had developed a template of procedural response for rape victims and their families, adding that a victim should not bath or change her clothes while advising that the condom used by the rapist should be collected and a doctor’s report should be obtained.