The National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria says it is prepared to deal with persons involved in the physical and emotional abuse of children.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, gave the warning in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving a petition from the President of the Children’s Government in Nigeria and Cameroon, Zainab Mohammed.
Professor Angwe criticised the increasing cases of child abuse in Nigeria and promised that culprits would be made to face the consequences of their actions.
The National Human Rights Commission boss said that the commission was monitoring 48 cases of child abuse and the inhumane treatment being received by children who are out of the school system.
Zainab submitted the petition on behalf of Nigerian children.
She appealed to the commission to take up the case of a four-year old pupil who was allegedly raped by the proprietor of her school in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, in order to protect the rights of children to a decent living.
Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has called on his supporters to be peaceful accusing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislators of breaking the law and working against the interest of the people.
Mr Al-Makura told protesters, who gathered at the Government House to show solidarity, to remain law abiding and await the outcome of the constitutional process.
He assured them of his administration’s adherence to due process and the rule of law, adding that those breaking the law will be held accountable at the appropriate time.
The protesters marched from Keffi to Mararaba axis, a boundary settlement annexing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Top on their demand, was the call to the PDP and its elected members of the House to rescind its decision and halt the impeachment plot against Mr Al-Makura, who was elected in 2011.
The protesters expressed their grievances over “frequent interference and impeachment threat on the Governor” which is “distracting him from delivering more dividends of democracy to the people of the state”.
They however recalled that, this is about the ninth time the House of Assembly is making attempt to impeach Mr Al-Makura from office and therefore advised the aggrieved legislators to temper justice with mercy in the interest of peace and progress of the State.
As part of efforts to rid the nation of fake and sub-standard products, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stormed two major markets in Abuja and Nasarawa State to seize fake products.
The Head of Administration and Human Capital of the organisation, Mr. Paul Angya who led the exercise said the raid became imperative following the refusal of traders to stop selling fake and sub-standard goods.
The exercise which caught traders at Abuja International Building Materials Market and Mararaba Building Materials Market in Nasarawa state unaware saw the organisation sealing off some shops stocked with fake and sub-standard products.
Officials of the enforcement team of the organisation were accompanied by police officers when they stormed the Abuja International Building Materials Market in Dei-Dei, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory with the mission to rid the market of fake and sub-standard goods.
The raid however witnessed a minor resistance as one of the traders challenged the team for carrying out the exercise but he was promptly arrested.
With the arrest of one of the traders, officials of the organisation proceeded to seal some shops found to be stocking fake products but this brought about mixed reactions from some of the traders.
The Head of the enforcement team of the organization, who doubles as the Director, Administration and Human Capital, Paul Angya, however said that traders have no excuse to stock fake products having been given two weeks’ notice to clear the markets of such products.
A similar exercise was also carried out at neighboring Mararaba Building materials market in Nasarawa state where some fake products were seized.
The SON promised to make the exercise a regular one across the nation, so as to stop persons who specialize in stocking fake products from circulating substandard products.