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Soon, rape cases won’t be bailable offence – Minister

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By Ben Adoga

Established incidences of rape will soon not be bailable across the country, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, has revealed. According to her, such measures is designed to deter rapists.

The minister made this revelation during the official presentation of a compendium titled: “My COVID-19 Story: Voice Of Hope and Resilience,” which chronicles different experiences of young girls during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Aliyu, who was represented by the Deputy Director Administration in the office of FCT Minister of State, Mrs. Maria Ogbonnaya-Ngwu, said the FCT Administration has established a centre to address cases of girls, who were abused or suppressed. 

She also stressed the need to protect the dignity of the girl child. 

“Let me assure you that laws will soon be rolled out, to serve as deterrent to culprits that are guilty or people found culpable of abuses of the girl child. Unlike before, the rape case becomes ‘bailable’ now, we are working towards that it would no longer be a bailable offence. 

“In the Federal Capital Territory, we have been able to give succour to the girl-child, we have been able to encourage the girl-child, we have been able to make them believe in themselves. The girl-child is not subordinate to any other child. The administration will continue to preach this experience and embark on advocacy.”

She commended Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, for taking the initiative in bringing young girls together to pen down their  experiences during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

In her remarks, the founder and president of Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, noted that the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has re-defined global health and lifestyle, stressing that governments across the world  have had to adopt concrete measures to stop the spread of the virus and reduce the negative impact on the socio-economic life of their citizens. 

Ahmadu further noted that the virus has demystified technologies of the advanced countries, including developing nations, noting that if there were anything the virus has thought humans, it is the supremacy of God. 

She, however, assured that Helpline Foundation for the Needy would continue to champion the rights of the girl child, despite challenges posed by the outbreak of the virus.

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