Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Child Abuse: 7 guardians arraigned before FCT family court

No fewer than seven persons are said to be standing trial before the FCT family court for various child abuse offenses, the Gender Department of the FCT Social Development Secretariat has hinted.

The Director of the department, Dr. Agnes Hart, who expressed worry over the increasing rate of child abuse in the territory, regretted that the department entertains an average of four assault cases a week.

Hart who stated this while interrogating some guardians alleged to have assaulted minors in their care, stressed that the administration has zero tolerance for any form of abuse on any resident.

She warned that the full weight of the law will be applied to anyone found guilty of abusing other people, especially children.

In her words, "Here in the FCT we have a sexual and gender base response team, and we have zero tolerance to any form of abuse against any resident, let alone violence on a child. Nobody in the FCT can molest a child and go scot free. The Child Right Act 2003 is very clear on that, every child has the right to life, right to quality education, right to healthcare and other fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we are here to protect the interest if the child to the later.

This week alone we have received four cases of child abuse and violence against children and this has been the trend. Presently we have seven such cases in the FCT family court and we are going to follow through with all of such cases.

Earlier some guardians, Mr and Mrs Moses Onoja, and Mrs. Ada Okamba, were paraded for allegedly assaulting and inflicting serious injuries on 10year old Precious and 14year old Chineye Nwoka respectively. The victims were both noticed by their teachers who reported the assault to the FCT Gender Department.

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