by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command has said it has recorded about 32 cases of abuse against women and children in the State, between January and December, 2021.
The Assistant Commissioner in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Mr. Felix Nnebue, disclosed this during an engagement meeting with stakeholders for effective implementation of Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Law and Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, organized by the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) in Jos.
He said the project, which is tagged, ‘Legal and Social Empowerment Program on Women’s Rights in Kaduna and Plateau States,’ involves issues concerning abuses, especially against women and children and was high on the Police mandate.
Accordingly, he said, “We are to protect lives and property, and the issue of abuse is something that the police takes with high degree of seriousness and have been fighting against for a long time.
“From January to December, this year, we have had about 32 cases of abuse against women and children, and the number is actually high, but we hope to bring it down.
According to him, when the Gender Commission is established and the VAPP Act assented to by the governor, it would go a long way in helping the Police to curbing cases of violence against women and children in the state.
Mr. Nnebue further stated that, WWRAPA is a leading voice in the advocacy and campaign that opposes Violence Against Women (VAW) in all its ramifications.
It has also contributed to the passage of the VAPP ACT & GEO LAW in both Kaduna and Plateau States through the implementation of Haki Mkononi 2015 and SOAWR 2020 projects.