Civil Society Organisations on Wednesday staged a protest in Yola to demand life sentence for those found guilty of rape.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, who received the protesters, vowed to ensure that rapists in the state did not escape justice.
The CSOs protested against the prevalence of sexual violence in the state under the aegis of Adamawa Coalition Against Rape.
The governor said, “I’m against rape, and I will ensure that this trend is stopped. Since I came into office about three months ago, I have read about more than 10 cases of rape in Adamawa State.
“I have told the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice that whoever is involved in any rape case we must follow the file and see that we come to the logical conclusion and ensure that justice is done.”
The protesters said they were forced to take action because of a report that 30 rape cases were recorded in the state between August, 2018 and September 2019.
The report also revealed that the majority of the rape victims were minors.
Yusuf Amos and Asmau Joda, speaking separately, as co-conveners of the group said since minors were the ones mostly at risk, they emphasised the need for the legislature to come up with stiffer sanctions against rapists when they met the Speaker of the house of Assembly, Iya Abbass.
They urged the review of the state legislation to allow for stiffer sanctions against those who sexually molest minors to carry life sentence.
Abbass assured the protesters that they would act on their demands, adding that 90 per cent of the 25-man House would support stiffer punishments to protect minors in the state.