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NSCDC to Adopt VAPP Law in Prosecuting Offences of Violence Against Women, Children

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna State Command on Tuesday, promised that it will henceforth adopt the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in the prosecution of cases of violence against women and children in the state.

State Commandant of the Corps, Nuraddeen Abdullahi, made the promise when he played host to members of Women’s Rights Advancements and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), who were in his office on a strategic advocacy visit on the effective implementation of VAPP Law in State, led by the Project Officer, Barrister Bukola Ajao.

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, 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 NSCDC Boss, assured WRAPA delegation that whenever the legal team is handling such case, they will not comprise on the VAPP law.

According to him, “I want to assure you that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence, is at the forefront of tackling and handling cases of violence against women and children and we will continue to maintain the status quo.

“Let me also officially inform you that because this is an issue that affect our society in general, whenever we have such issue, we will not comprise on it.

“We shall continue to play our role as a prosecuting agency. Once we have any of such case, we will investigate and forward our finds to the department of public prosecution for advice and once the advice out, we prosecute.”

Abdullahi, revealed that his command has already put a plan in place for 2021, to organized series of lectures for the officers and men in order to further strengthen their capacity in various laws including the VAPP law.

“We have program we want to introduce by next year, we want to start a radio program where our information unit as well as the Commandant would be talking to the public on the mandates of the corps. We will equally use the medium to sensitive the public about the law.

“We will create a space for WRAPA, to be part of our lectures and capacity building program so you can use the opportunity to strengthen the capacity of our officers on the VAPP law.

The Project Coordinator of the VAPP Law implementation campaign, Barrister Ajao, commended the Commandant for his efforts and plans towards 2021, adding that it will go a long way in enriching the knowledge of the public on the VAPP law.

She had earlier told their host some of their efforts at ensuring the law commence implementation in the state.

“We have been having strategic meetings to define a critical path way for effective implementation of VAPP law, and have had media engagements, and also met with the Director of Public Prosecution.

“The aim of all this is to amplify the existence of this law and other instruments which are not supposed to be meant for the table. We had a 2 day meeting consisting of 12 committee members the honorable commissioner was also there.

“The purpose of that meeting was 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 explained.

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