How EU played significant role in passing VAPP Law in Yobe – FIDA

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has said the European Union (EU), Managing Conflict in the Northern Nigeria (MCN) has played a vital role in seeing that the bill on Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) is sponsored and passed into law at the Yobe state House of Assembly.

The projector coordinator, Barrister Fati Makintami, disclosed that the increasing rape cases and other criminal offences in the state has become a bizarre hence the need for more budget allocation to Police, Judiciary and the sexual assault centre referral centre for quick dispensation of justice.

Records made available indicates that Yobe state had recorded high increase of rape cases in 2020 especially among the minors, compared to the previous years.

According to the state team leader of the MCN in Yobe state, Sambo Abdulkadir said despite the outcry over the rising cases of rape, there seems to be no end to the nemesis as cases are on the increase weekly.

He explained that there was a need for holistic approach, sensitisation and support from all stakeholders so as to curb the menace.

Abdulkadir further said the VAPP Law when assented to by the governor would help in reducing the rape crimes.

The spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force ASP Dungus Abdulmalik had earlier reported that rape is the second highly reported crime in the state, after homicide.

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