Kaduna Attorney General Pledges Support for VAPP Law Implementation

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Aisha Dikko, has pledged state government’s commitment at ensuring the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law (VAPP), signed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, in 2018 is fully implemented henceforth.

The said her office is aware of the existence of the law which among other things seeks to address economic violence, spousal battery, which were not captured in previous laws that were met to care of cases of that nature.

Dikko, who made the pledge when Women’s Rights Advancements and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), paid her a strategic advocacy visit on the effective implementation of VAPP Law in State, led by the Project Officer, Barrister Bukola Ajao, said, “we are aware of the law, and we are ready to support it’s full implementation.”

WRAPA, is a non-profit making charitable right based organization, advocating and mobilizing for the promotion, protection and realization of women’s human rights in Nigeria.

WRAPA, is implementing a six months project titled: Legal and Social Empowerment Programme for Women’s Rights in Kaduna and Plateau States, a project being funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), coordinated by the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) which took effect in June 2020.

The overall goal of the SOAWR project is to increase and amplify the demand for the implementation of the Women’s Protocol using the instruments of the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law in Kaduna State.

The AG, further said her ministry is ready to work hand in hand with WRAPA, on the campaign to ensure the effective implementation of the law and also appealed to the NGO, to help in capacity strengthening of some staff of the ministry that would be directly involved in the implementation.

Barrister Ajao, had earlier told the commissioner, that the main aim of the visit was to seek her support in making sure attention is given to the law whenever cases of VAPP are brought before the courts.

“We have been able to map out and also develop a frame work for the estimated budget require for the implementation of the law and we were able to come out with a thematic areas such as; sensitization and awareness on Gender Base Violence.

“Capacity straightening the front line institution and personnel. Health, clinical and medical. Law Security and Legal Justice psycho social support for rehabilitation and reintegration.” She said.

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