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Residents Urge Nasarawa State Gov To Take Drastic Measure On Child Defilement

Worried by the manner some people indulge in Gender Based Violence with impunity, a concerned resident of Adogi, Mr Jacob Bala wants the government to be more decisive in handling cases of defilement, and rape among other heinous crimes against humanity.

He bare his mind when Radio Nigeria Precious FM engaged him during a routine follow-up on a case of defilement of a three-month-old baby in Adogi town of Lafia Local government area of Nasarawa State by one adult, Ahmadu Yaro whose case has lingered for over two years now without a conviction.

Correspondent Esther Enna has been following the case with the support of the Safer-Media Initiative in collaboration with the Media Project of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, funded by the McArthur Foundation.

On twenty Seventh of May twenty-twenty, a case of defilement of a three-month-old baby in Adogi was reported to the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps leading to the arrest of one Ahmadu Yaro a resident of Adogi.

However, the case has lingered for two years six months now without an end close in sight as no sustansive conviction has been secured against the plaintiff.

Speaking on the prolonged adjudication on the matter, Mr Jacob Bala explained that when government takes issues related to GBV more seriously, the decision shall discourage others from perpetrating such heinous crimes against humanity.

On her part, Mother to the victim who was only three months old at the time of the crime, Maimuna Aliyu thanked God for healing her daughter and the state government for its intervention but cried out for justice to serve as a deterrent to others.

A clinical psychologist with the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Mr Luka Dauda Ogwu stressed the need to scale up efforts towards providing psycho-social support to victims of GBV to enable them to overcome post-traumatic stress, disorder, depression and even suicidal attempt.

Spokesman of the Nasarawa State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, DSC Jerry Victor affirmed that the case attracted diverse interest groups like the Nasarawa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Safer-Media Initiative under the collaborative media project of the Wale Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, McArthur Foundation among others, maintained that the case is still on and cannot be swept under the carpet.

Appealing for sustained follow up’s by the government, Non-governmental organizations and spirited individuals to support and encourage the victim as she grows, the PRO tasked citizens of the state to always report crimes to security agencies for necessary action.

Speaking on why the said case of defilement between the State versus Ahmadu Yaro lingered for over two years, Barrister Justina Alkali Alu of the State Ministry of Justice explained that the delay followed a motion filed by the defence council claiming that Ahmadu Yaro is mentally derained after he had earlier admitted in evidence on record that he committed the crime.

Barrister Justina assured that they would not give up until justice is served on the two-and-a-half-year case for the girl defiled in Adogi, a suburb of lafia the Nasarawa State Capital while she was just three months old to prove the state government’s zero tolerance for any form of GBV.

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Written by Binta Nuan

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