President Muhamadu Buhari led government has announced the immediate inauguration of a Gender-Based Violence Management Committee.
Attorney-General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, sad this in a statement sent to InfoXclusiveMedia Post on Thursday, 11th June 2020.
Abubakar also condemned the high rising level of incidence of rape and sexual assault in the country.
The Attorney-General as said that the incident of rape and murder in the country is on the high rise, which leads to trauma or the killing of some victims.
Malami has noted Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Justice has identified with calls for national response against rape, killing, and sexual assaults in the country.
In his statement, “The committee will include skilled officers drawn from Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Federal Ministry of Health, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, National Human Rights Commission, Nigerian Legal Aid Council, Nigeria Police Force Civil Society Organisations, among others.”
He also added that the committee is already set to commence their work to address the violence against women and children in the country.
The Centre will provide “comprehensive and appropriate support services to ensure that victims and survivors of sexual offenses are not subjected to further stigmatization and trauma by maintaining a Sexual Assault Referral Centre which will be domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Justice Headquarters.”
Malawi further explained that the Centre would act and respond to and Gender-Based violence-related issues and further prosecute anyone involved.
He assures the general public for speedy processing of stalled and pending cases of rape and child defilement that got delayed due to closure of government institutions and courts during the period of COVID-19.
“The Federal Ministry of Justice will, in driving these processes bring together the 36 State’s Attorneys General to consider effective
Collaborative support to stem the growing tide of rape and sexual assault”. he added