Police in Nigeria are failing rape victims by not supporting and investigating the crime when reported, rights groups Amnesty International says.
“Women and girls continue to be failed by a system that makes it increasingly difficult for survivors to get justice while allowing perpetrators to get away with gross human rights violations,” said Osai Ojigho, head of Amnesty International Nigeria.
Victims are instead exposed to shaming and stigma, a situation that perpetuates a culture of silence around sexual violence in the country, she added.
Gender activist Serben Shehi told the BBC that the lack of political will in tackling gender-based violence, especially rape, is worrying.
In 2020, Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission recorded 11,200 reported cases of rape. Amnesty describes it as the most prevalent human rights violation in the West African country.
Last year Nigerian state governors declared a “state of emergency” on rape and gender-based violence, but Amnesty said nothing had changed.
Nigeria’s police have not responded to calls from the BBC at the time of this report.