The Kano State National Human Rights Commission has said it received no fewer than 1,500 complaints of alleged human rights abuses in 2022.

CNDH state coordinator Shehu Abdullahi made the disclosure in Kano on Monday.

He said that of that figure, 1,296 cases have been attended, with 204 remaining pending.

According to Abdullahi, 1,320 cases were about sexual and gender-based violence, threats to life and harmful cultural practices.

He said that others referred to witchcraft, female genital mutilation and abandonment of family responsibility, which was the most rampant.

It added that 120 cases bordered on the denial of children’s rights to education, survival and health.

The state coordinator of the CNDH said that the rest of the cases received during the period related to labor and land ownership.

“The commission will sensitize the general public and raise voter awareness ahead of the next general election.

“We want them to know the right to vote and be voted for, since it is a fundamental right,” he added.

Abdullahi further explained that the commission had devised a project to link up with civil society organizations to monitor the prevalence of hate speech, particularly on social media.

He added that there would be public meetings with gubernatorial candidates in the second week of February in the state as the general election approaches.

Meanwhile, the state coordinator said that the rate with which young children are involved in social vices has become very alarming and that this is due to the lack of interest of parents in the moral education of their wards.

He said that some parents also do not provide all necessary items in schools, especially in Tsangaya boarding schools.

“In most remand homes in Kano, many children are being prosecuted in court for serious capital offenses such as rape, kidnapping, manslaughter, among others.

“There is a need to do background checks on these children and address them quickly,” he added.