FG Approves Special Court for Child Offenders

Ifeoma Nwovu FRCN

The Federal Government has approved the establishment of a specialised court for child offenders.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami stated this in Abuja while inaugurating the Justice for Children Coordination Forum, an European Union—UNICEF programme aimed at enhancing access to justice for vulnerable children.

Mr. Malami represented by the Special Assistant to the President on Research and Special Duties, Prof. Mohammed Ahmadu said his office had already engaged respective Heads of Courts to ensure that the specialised courts would also guarantee the speedy trial of Rape and Gender-Based Violence Offences.

Mr. Malami said the Federal Ministry of Justice would continue to collaborate with UNICEF and other donor agencies, as well as respective Heads of Courts, to train Judges and Magistrates on the implementation and enforcement of the Child Rights Act, especially on the effective use of Family Court Rules and Procedures.

A representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Mr. Peter Hawkins, emphasised the need for a comprehensive inter-agency assessment of children in conflict with the law.

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