A total of 3,600 rape cases were reported nationwide during the lockdown, occasioned by the novel coronavirus disease, Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has disclosed.
Tallen made this disclosure in a courtesy visit to the Deputy Senate President, Mr Ovie Omo-Agege today.
She further revealed that during the COVID-19 induced lockdown, each state recorded no fewer than 100 cases of rape.
She condemned the upsurge in rape cases nationwide, adding that reports she received from Commissioners for Women Affairs across the 36 states of the federation revealed the upsurge in the number of rape cases nationwide during the recently relaxed COVID-19 lockdown.
She also applauded the Nigeria Governors Forum for declaring a state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence, while calling for improved legislation to protect the girl-child and women.