By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
In its efforts to sustain the fight against corruption, social justice and engender smooth, fair, just and transparent administration of justice, the Nigerian Judiciary has developed the first ever National Policy on Justice.
The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN made the declaration while declaring open the Nigerian Attorney Generals meeting in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, organized by the Chambers of the Attorney General Adamawa state, with support from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR], United Nations Population Fund, [UNFPA] held at the American Unity of Nigeria. [AUN]
According to him, the Policy which was recently submitted to the National Summit on Justice for consideration, validation and adoption would address challenges of dispensation of Justice in the country.
“It provides needed professional guidance for all justice sector institutions in the discharge of their duties and the attainment of an effective and efficient administration of justice and guidelines foir effective and efficient justice service delivery”, He stated.
Speaking during the sumit with the theme. “Laws on Gender Based Violence”, Malami said the meeting will consider the law on GBV and how best to tackle the increasing cases of Violence against women and children in the society
Malami pointed out that the bill on gender violence which was recently passed into law should be adopted by states so that all issues relating to gender violence will be tacked.
The AG also called upon law officers , who he said aer the custodian of legal conscience to ensure that the unity, peace and security of Nigeria is not compromised by selfish individuals.
He said under his watch hate and provocations speeches will be sanctioned and warned people to desist in making inflammatory speeches.
He mandated all the 36 Attorney Generals of the state to arrest anybody who makes hate speech at a rally or on social media.
Earlier, Governor Muhammdu Umar Jibrilla Bindow said government is concerned with VAW and would support any law or policy that will address the issue.
He disclosed that his administration has worked extensively on justice sector reform and will continue to upgrade the sector for speedy dispensation of justice..
Bindow who condemned the act of war in the Eastern part of thr country maintained that such crisis if not nip in the bud will create more crisis for the nation.
‘’I strongly want to condemn such brazen acts of beating the war drums that took place in Rivers and Abia which cannot help us as a nation but further exacerbate flared nerves for the people’’, he stated
The country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, UNHCR Ms Brigitte Mukanga Eno, commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for the signing into law the VAPP ACT and the Child Protection Act which will help the fight against Sexual Gender based Violence.
According to her, insurgency has devastating impact on thousands of Nigerians, girls, boys, women and men hav suffered grave violation of Human Rights including death, injuries,sexual violence and exploitation, forced displacement/recruitment etc
“Over 7,000 women and girls have been subjected to Boko Haram related sexual violence including forced marriage such women who are freed from captivity face not only rejection and stigmatization but also violence in some communities’, She stated.
Mukanga said despite some progress made the World still has a long way to go in achieving full gender equality because every years tens of thousands of girls are forced into child marriage before the age of 15.
She pointed out that the United Nations Population Fund and UNHCR are fully committed to ensuring the rights of women and girls to sexual and reproductive health services including family planning.