The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has revealed that young boys in Nigeria are more vulnerable to rape than girls.
The Director-General of agency Dame Julie Okah-Donli said this is because people tend to focus more on girls not realising that the rape of boys is on the rise.
Blaming the spike in cases partly on the rise in pornographic content shared on internet, Okah-Donli, at the flag-off of the ‘Cover me’ campaign aimed at exposing perpetrators of child abuse, advocated for stricter punishment for rapists and mechanisms for prevention.
“I do not advocate for capital punishment of death sentence because it will make rapists become brutal because they will not want to leave witnesses and it will also encourage jungle justice with people using it to accuse and kill people falsely.
“Boys are more vulnerable to rape because we tend to focus more on girls so we need to focus on all our children. Now you see a lot of silly videos with people sharing and reposting, If you send it to me I will arrest you for child pornography, anyone who stigmatizes against victims will be punished. We need to make people know that we are serious.
“During the lockdown, a lot of things where revealed to us, we realized that most of the reports we got was from observant neighbors and not parents.”
Meanwhile, coordinator ‘Cover me’ project, Barr. Ugo Nwafor explained that his organization has set up a one million man online petition to implement capital punishment to stop rape, child defilement and child abuse in the country.
He said that capital punishment if implemented will curb rape, defilement and abuse by 60%.