The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, during an event to show support for an international campaign to end sexual violence in conflict, said countries and governments must act to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
Agreeing with the envoy, a member of Nigeria’s House of Representative, Honourable Betty Apiafi, said the House would work to come up with the necessary legislation to tackle the problem in Nigeria.
There have been reports of sexual violence against women in Nigeria’s north-east where members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram have carried out series of attacks.
In an attack on a village, Chibok, in Borno State, in April 2014, over 200 girls were abducted from their school dormitory by the group, a situation that triggered international campaign and protests, with a ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ demand.
The Nigerian government told the parents of the abducted girls few months ago that the location of the girls had been identified, promising that they would be rescued.