By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
Chief Justice of the Kaduna State High Court, Honourable Justice Muhammadu Bello, has assured that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP), in the state will be implemented.
The CJ, gave the assurance in his office on Tuesday when he hosted a team from Women’s Rights Advancements and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), who were there on a strategic advocacy visit on the effective implementation of VAPP Law in State, led by the Project Officer, Barrister Bukola Ajao.
The State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, had in 2018 signed the law which has since been kept in the lockers without being implemented.
“As much as I can, I will do the best that I can to help. If the lawyers bring up a case under this law, our responsibility is to sit down and look at it and the the best we can to serve justice.” Justice Muhammadu, said.
He advised WRAPA to also advocate for merger of different laws that have similar contents; like the Pena Code, VAPP, VAW, etc to make the more robust and effective.
“Our problem in Nigeria is the laws, we many good laws, yet we kept duplicating them. WRAPA, should start an awareness campaign to every Nigerian, we all need a change of attitude and respect for our laws. The CJ noted.
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.
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.
The Project Officer of VAPP Law implementation campaign Barrister Ajao, had requested that the CJ, use his his influence to support the campaign by pushing for the full implementation of the law in the state.
She said the non implementation of the law called for serious concern for WRAPA, which informed the VAPP implementation campaign.
“We are here to advocate and engage you to push forward for proper implementation of the Law, which requires that an implementation committee is inaugurated.” She said.
According to Barrister Ajao, the NGO 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.