FIDA urges Govt. to step up sensitization on VAPP law in Kogi

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Worried by the high cases of public and private violence across the State, the international federation of Women lawyers, (FIDA) have appeal to the Kogi State Government to make available to the public the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition law, (VAPP) signed by the Government in 2022.

The Kogi State Chairperson, FIDA Mrs Lilian Ajuma made the appeal on Wednesday in Lokoja at one day sensitization of stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice of the provisions of the Kogi State VAPP law 2022.

Okolo, while noting that, the programme is aimed at enlightening the general public on the VAPP law signed in June 2022 said the law demonstrate government commitment to put an end to all form of violence in the State.

The legal Practitioners lamented on the wide mis-conception about the VAPP law signed in the state, stressing that, there is need to sensitize the people more about the law reduce violence against any person in Kogi State.

She also appeal to the Government to give adequate funding to the office of the Public Defender who according to her has the mandate to ensure proper implementation of the VAPP law.

” This law is a significant step towards ensuring the protection and welfare of all persons in Kogi State. Violence against persons is a serious issue that affects individuals, families, and communities, and the passage of this law demonstrates the government’s commitment to putting an end to it.

“This law covers a wide range of offenses, including physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, and economic abuse, among others.

“After this law was passed in June last year by our amiable cover
I embarked on a one on one sensitization I told a colleague that his next rape application should be done under the vapp law
His reply was that you women , what do you want. I was taken aback because this was coming from a lawyer. This was a great concern to me. Most lawyers are not aware of this law..then what about the lay men.

“Today’s sensitization is an opportunity for us to learn more about the provisions of the law and its implications for our communities. We will also be discussing ways to prevent and address violence against persons, as well as the role of law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in implementing the law effectively”

In his remarks, the Kogi State Chief Judge Justice Josiah Majebi commended FIDA for their promptness on issues concerning the rights of Women and Children in the Country.

Justice Majebi also reiterated that, some lawyers in the State are not aware that the law has been passed , just as he appealed to the ministry of Justice to take proper look at the law and ensure that their charges comes under it.

Narrating his ordeals about the sharp practices of some legal Practitioners with questionable character, the Chief judge lamented thar, some prosecuting counsel have been compromised hence the need to collectively put an end to such menace in the judiciary.

Also speaking, the State Attorney General Ibrahim Sanni who was represented by Barrister Okpanachi is of the view that, the sensitization programme will bring the law closer to the people.

Adding his voice, the Chairperson, Kogi State NGO network, Ambassador Idris Ozovehe Muraina commended FIDA for their roles in making a better society.

In her paper presentations, on the overview of Kogi State Violence Prohibition Law, a legal Practitioners Ojoma Haruna said the VAPP law is not restricted to Women alone but also captured individual including Children, Men, vulnerable person.

She said the VAPP law will eliminate all forms of violence in both public and private lives, adding that, there was high cases of violence during the covid-19 lockdown across the Country.

It could be recalled that, 34 States including Kogi State across the Country have domesticated the VAPP law.

VAPP law in Kogi State is divided in six part with 47 section.

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