Kaduna Assembly Passes Child Protection Bill to Law

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

The Kaduna Assembly on Wednesday passed a reviewed Child Rights Bill, now to be known as Child Protection Law in the state, which is aimed at protecting the welfare and safety of children in Kaduna State.

The Speaker, Hon. Alhaji Aminu Shagali, made this known at plenary on Wednesday.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after passage of bill, Chairman house committee on Women and Social Development Hon. Haliru Gambo Dangana said the aim of the bill is to curb the atrocities committed in the State through child trafficking which has become a money making venture for most people.

“Most People do not respect children anymore especially the infants as they keep abusing them through selling them, but with the passage of the bill, it will be curtailed to the barest minimum.

The Law cited as Child Welfare and Protection Law,2018 recommends that “notwithstanding any enactment or rules of law to the contrary, reliable medical,scientific or other physical electronic evidence of rape shall be sufficient to secure a conviction, consequently the prosecution and the court may dispense with the consent to trial and oral testimony of a parent or of the child victim.

Similarly, the bill to regulate the slaughtering, consumption, trading and transportation of donkeys in Kaduna State was passed into law by the House with the aim of regulating and controlling all illegal activities relating to the intent of the bill.

Anyone found violating this law for the firt time will be imprisoned for not less than six months or fine of not less than one hundred thousand naira or both while any subsequent offence will be imprisoned for a year or fine of one hundred and fifty thousand naira only or both.

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