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Kano, the capital of Nigeria's northeastern Kano state, has an ugly reputation for being the city with perhaps the highest reported rape incidents in Nigeria. The police said that 10 to 15 cases of rape are being recorded in the whole of Kano state on a daily basis while the state Sexual Assault Referral Centre, which renders technical assistance to victims of sexual assault and rape, reportedly recorded 1,125 cases within the first quarter of 2019.

Despite appearing high, those figures do not tell the actual scale of rape and sexual assault in the state, where the culture of silence often prevents victims from speaking out.

“So many victims are scared of reporting rape because of the fear of stigmatization,” Musa Abdullahi, a Kano-based human rights lawyer who has interviewed many victims of rape and sexual assault in the city, told Opera News. "Others are scared that the police would accuse them of lying and punish them for it."

"Kano has to do a lot in terms of encouraging victims to speak out and seek justice," said Abdullahi. "It's sad to see that this beautiful city is the rape capital of Nigeria."

Kano introduced a strict version of Sharia law in 2001 which prescribes the death penalty for rape, but the state law, which the police adheres to, prescribed a sentence of one or two years imprisonment or an option of fine, until in 2015 when the government proposed life jail sentence for any convicted rapist. 

The suspects are usually matured men between the ages of 45 and 70 while their victims are mostly little girls of between three and 11 years.

“These men have this belief that raping children will bring them luck and plenty of money,” said Rabiu, whose six-year-old daughter now lives with him in Abuja. “Some believe they’ll be cured of HIV if they sleep with virgins.”

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