US Nurse Who Raped Disabled Patient Jailed For 10 Years

 This booking photo obtained January 23, 2019, courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff shows suspect Nathan Sutherland. HO / Maricopa County Sheriff's Office / AFP
This booking photo obtained January 23, 2019, courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff shows suspect Nathan Sutherland. HO / Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office / AFP

 

A nurse who raped and impregnated a severely disabled woman in his care has been jailed for 10 years in the US state of Arizona, local media reported Friday.

Nathan Sutherland admitted sexually abusing his then-29-year-old patient at the facility in Phoenix, where she had been cared for since she was three.

The victim, who has not been named, suffers from significant mental disability due to seizures early in her childhood, her family has said.

“She does not speak but has some ability to move her limbs, head and neck,” a statement issued through their attorney said.

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“Their daughter responds to sound and is able to make facial gestures. The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities.”

A healthy baby was born as a result of the assault in December 2019.

Staff at the health care center said they were unaware that the young woman was pregnant until the time of her delivery.

DNA samples of male employees at the care facility revealed Sutherland was the father.

He initially denied responsibility, but later confessed.

Sutherland, who had worked at the institution since 2012, was jailed for 10 years on Thursday by a Phoenix court.

He will also be subject to lifetime supervision and will be registered as a sex offender.

 

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Police Arrest Professor For Defiling 13-Year-Old Girl In Ebonyi

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police in Ebonyi State on Monday arrested a professor of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University in Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI), Felix Anyaegbulam for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.

Anyaegbulam is a Professor of Geophysics in the federal varsity and the victim is his gateman’s daughter and house help.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

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Anyaegbulam’s arrest followed a report by a gender-based Violence Taskforce in Ebonyi State to the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba.

The police spokesperson said the command is embarking on further investigations to get to the root and bring all connected with the matter for prosecution.

Alleged Rape: Man City Defender Mendy Charged With Two More Counts

Man City defender, Benjamin Mendy.

 

Manchester City and French international defender Benjamin Mendy has been charged with two additional counts of rape, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

He now faces six counts of rape and one of sexual assault relating to four complainants aged over 16, with all the alleged offences relating to the period between October 2020 and August this year.

A second man, Louis Saha Matturie, has been charged with two more counts of rape and one of sexual assault, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.

Mendy, 27, from Prestbury, and Matturie, 40, from Eccles, both in northwest England, are due to appear before magistrates in Stockport, near Manchester, on Wednesday.

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Court proceedings in Britain are subject to strict reporting restrictions before any trial, to avoid the risk of prejudicing a jury in their deliberations.

Both men previously appeared at Chester Crown Court on September 10 and were told they would stand trial on January 24 next year. The pair were remanded in custody.

Mendy, a £52 million ($70 million) signing from Monaco in 2017, has played 75 times for City, winning three Premier League titles, but his playing time has been limited by injuries and a loss of form.

He has just under two years left to run on a six-year contract.

The last of his 10 caps for France came in November 2019.

The left-back, who won the World Cup in 2018, has been suspended by the Premier League champions pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

 

Two Minors Raped As Gunmen Attack Kwara Community

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Wednesday attacked Nuku village in Kaiama Local Government of Kwara State.

Sources said the gunmen invaded the community looking for money and were disappointed and furious after discovering that there was “nothing on the ground for them to steal.”

Irked by the situation, they left residents with severe machete injuries and raped minors in the process.

Two members of the community identified as Alhaji Hassan Woru and his brother, Yunusa Woru received matchet cuts inflicted by the bandits.

They also abducted and raped two girls who were later released to the community.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara State Command, Babawale Afolabi confirmed the development.

“They invaded the community in the early hours of Wednesday. They were asking for money but were angry because they found nothing after they ransacked the whole place,” he said.

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According to him, the attackers left Alhaji Hassan and Woru Yunusa with multiple machete wounds and went away with two of the girls.

“Alhaji Hassan Woru, the Head of the family and one Woru Yunusa, his brother, were left with serious machete wounds in the process. The two abducted girls were later released after they have been raped.

“The girls were later released a few hours but we discovered they have had carnal knowledge of the innocent girls,” he added.

He said that efforts are ongoing by security operatives to apprehend the assailants while further investigations are on.

As at the time of filing in this report, the two victims were said to be receiving medical treatment at Woro General Hospital in Kaiama local government while a series of medical tests are being carried out on the two minors.

Twice Victimised: French Women Accuse Police Of Down Playing Rape

(File Photo) A French police car parks in front of the house in Agde, south of France. Sylvain THOMAS / AFP

 

Four years after the #MeToo movement, French victims of gender-based violence are still struggling to obtain justice, with the police accused of failing to take their complaints seriously.

In the past weeks, France has been gripped by a wave of new stories of sexual assault and harassment and complaints this time are focussing on the way police treat women who come forward to report cases of assault or abuse.

The outpouring was triggered by an Instagram post by feminist Anna Toumazoff relating women’s experiences when reporting attacks at the main police station in the southern city of Montpellier.

Toumazoff described victims as being stigmatised, humiliated and made to feel guilty by the police, two years after the government launched a major drive to train up officers on handling cases of gender-based violence.

“In France, police ask rape victims if they had an orgasm,” Toumazoff tweeted, referring to the case of a 19-year-old woman who reported rape in early September.

Toumazoff claimed rape victims were told that a person who has been drinking had “automatically consented” to sex and that they “should not destroy lives” by bringing charges against their attackers.

 Montpellier police in dock

The allegations led thousands of abuse victims across France to share stories of dismissive or contemptuous treatment by police, using the hashtag “DoublePeine” (victimised twice).

The state’s representative in the Herault region where Montpellier is located threatened Toumazoff with a lawsuit for slander.

But the government of Emmanuel Macron, who has made tackling violence against women a key theme of his presidency, lent a more sympathetic ear.

Last week, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported that around 90,000 police officers had received training over the past two years in handling abuse cases with empathy and sensitivity.

But he admitted that there was “certainly” room for improvement and promised an investigation into the Montpellier complaints.

 Echoes of #MeToo

There have been several French offshoots of the global #MeToo movement smashing taboos around sexual harassment and assault.

In 2017, the #BalancetonPorc (Expose Your Pig) hashtag was used by thousands of women to post stories of abuse.

Three years later, a scandal involving a prominent intellectual accused of sexually abusing his teenage stepson triggered thousands of people to share harrowing accounts of abuse within families, using the #Metooinceste slogan.

The reckoning with abuse has extended to cinema, politics and elite colleges in a country where seduction is traditionally viewed as an integral part of French culture and women who complained about harassment were often dismissed as puritanical.

 ‘Not a child molester’

On the doublepeine.fr website, hundreds of women describe their struggle to have their cases taken seriously by police.

One said she was date raped and then told by police that she should drop the complaint because her attacker had “suffered enough” by being called in for questioning.

Another woman claimed that police brushed off her repeated complaints of domestic violence, on the basis that her husband was “not a child molester”.

Faced with such attitudes, several women said they withdraw their complaints.

Bringing in lawyers

Fabienne Boulard, a senior police officer who trains fellow officers on how to handle domestic violence cases, admitted to AFP that the police’s response was “still not the best”.

Officers still needed much help to navigate complex issues like the psychological violence that often accompanies domestic abuse cases, she said.

Darmanin has proposed sending officers to meet victims at a safe place to register their complaints instead of making them come to the police station.

But the #NousToutes (All of Us) feminist group said the problem was not where, but how police interacted with victims.

A group of around 100 lawyers has lobbied the government to allow rape victims to bring a lawyer when filing complaints, with gender equality minister Elisabeth Moreno saying she is “favourable” to the idea.

Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Defiling Neighbour’s 13-Year-Old Daughter In Lagos

The suspect, Sunday Ukeme alleged to have defiled his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter in Lagos State. Credit: Lagos State Police Command

 

Police authorities have arrested a man identified as Sunday Ukeme for reportedly defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter in Lagos State.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday, said the 32-year-old suspect allegedly committed the offence in Idaso town, Ibeju Lekki on September 20.

According to the police spokesman, Ukeme took advantage of the victim when her mother kept her in the custody of the victim’s wife and travelled for three weeks.

It was gathered that when the victim’s mother returned from the journey, the victim reported to her that Ukeme allegedly defiled her.

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Subsequently, the suspect was arrested after the victim’s mother reported the case at the Akodo Police Station.

“Consequent upon the report lodged at the Police Station on 4th October 2021, detectives immediately arrested the suspect,” the statement read.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime. He, however, pleaded for mercy, blaming his shameful, immoral and criminal act on the influence of alcohol.”

The police spokesman added that the victim has since been taken to the hospital for medical attention.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu has directed that case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for diligent investigation and prosecution.

While promising to protect every girl child and other vulnerable persons in the state, the police commissioner vowed to prosecute paedophiles with the unbridled sexual urges for minors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abortion Stigma A Possible Death Sentence For Kenyan Women

A victim rape is pictured in her one-room house nest to her sleeping child in Nairobi’s Dandora slum on September 16, 2021.  (Photo by Tony KARUMBA / AFP)

 

 

Victoria Atieno was waiting at a Nairobi bus stop when she felt blood gush from her body, the result of a secret, self-induced abortion — a method used by thousands of Kenyan women, with potentially fatal consequences.

Kenya’s constitution eased access to abortions in 2010 but entrenched stigma about the procedure means that many women resort to traditional practices or backstreet clinics which put their life in jeopardy.

Even a reproductive health counsellor like Atieno — her mind blanketed with fear — ended up gulping down a herbal concoction to induce an abortion in secret.

Hours later, as she experienced a public and hugely traumatic termination, she faced a flood of abuse from onlookers, living out the very nightmare she had tried to avoid.

“People will condemn you, criminalise you, try to chase you out of the community,” the 35-year-old mother-of-three told AFP.

Many women will do anything to avoid that fate, from drinking bleach to using knitting needles or clothes hangers to end their pregnancies.

The results are horrific, ranging from ruptured uteruses, cervical tears and vaginal cuts to severe infections, bleeding and death.

 

A victim of a gang-rape leaves the offices of the Coalition of Grassroot Women Intiative that provides psycho-social support among other services to victims of sexual violence in Nairobi’s Dandora slum on September 16, 2021. (Photo by Tony KARUMBA / AFP)

 

Every week, 23 women die from botched abortions, according to a study by Kenya’s health ministry in 2012 – the most recent available government data.

Campaigners say the real number is even higher.

A report released last year by the non-profit Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) estimates that seven women and girls die every day in Kenya due to unsafe abortions.

In the Dandora slum in the eastern suburbs of Nairobi, where Atieno works with the Coalition of Grassroots Women Initiative, sanitation workers sometimes find abandoned foetuses in the neighbourhood’s huge garbage dump.

Volunteers tasked with cleaning up the Nairobi River in 2019 retrieved 14 bodies from its trash-clogged waters, most of them babies.

Cultural and religious beliefs in the deeply Christian country have contributed towards creating a stigma so strong that even women who procure safe abortions believe they have committed a sin by doing so.

More than a year after Susan aborted a pregnancy resulting from a gang rape, the churchgoing mother-of-four still battles intense guilt.

“People see you as a murderer… it makes me feel like I did something very bad,” the 36-year-old told AFP.

 

Samson Otiago (R), a doctor specialising in reproductive health attends to a patient at his clinic in the densely populated Kayole slum that provides services to victims of sexual violence on September 16, 2021. (Photo by Tony KARUMBA / AFP)

 

– De facto ban –
Kenya’s constitution says abortions are illegal unless “in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law”.

No other conditions or terms are spelt out.

The vaguely-worded document puts decision-making power wholly in the hands of health providers.

So when the health ministry stopped training abortion providers in 2013, access to such services took a hit, and women bore the brunt.

The ministry’s move came a year after its own study warned that a “disproportionately high” number of women were dying in Kenya because of unsafe abortions.

“The ministry’s decision was not based on scientific evidence, it was made against that evidence, evidence which was gathered by the ministry itself,” Martin Onyango, CRR’s senior legal adviser for Africa, told AFP.

Ministry officials declined interview requests, with a reproductive health expert in the ministry telling AFP: “We are not permitted to talk about abortion at all. That’s the policy.”

The ministry was pulled up by the Nairobi high court in 2019 for violating women’s and girls’ right to physical and mental health by halting training for legal abortion providers.

Yet little has changed on the ground since then, leaving the field open for unscrupulous backstreet clinics to exploit women’s need for secrecy.

Ken Ojili Mele’s niece died at 26 after a botched abortion.

Long opposed to abortion, the 48-year-old carpenter told AFP he was filled with regret after her untimely death en route to a hospital.

“Maybe she didn’t want to tell me because she knew I would have been angry,” he said.

“I wish she had shared it with me, I could have maybe helped her find a safer hospital.”

 

A victim of sexual violence hangs her laundry outside her house in Nairobi’s Dandora slum on September 16, 2021.  (Photo by Tony KARUMBA / AFP) 

 

– Silence and tears –
Abortions are extremely difficult to access at state hospitals. Some private health providers perform the procedure, for which the fee starts at around 3,000-4,000 Kenyan shillings ($27 / 23.5 euros). Pills are used to curtail shorter-term pregnancies.

For women who turn to these sources, fear of disapproval and shame can run deep. The silence lingers even in doctors’ waiting rooms.

“In Kenya, it’s not easy to say you want an abortion,” said Samson Otiago, a doctor specialising in reproductive health.

Dozens of women visit his Nairobi clinic every month and most have to be coaxed into telling him about their intention to terminate a pregnancy.

Some start crying before they have even said a word, he told AFP.

Many can’t afford to pay his fees, which start at 4,000 shillings ($36), so occasionally he offers his services for free or on credit.

“Once a woman has decided to do an abortion, she will do it whichever way she can.

“So we would rather do it (for less money) than expose her to quacks and see her again with complications,” he said.

In Dandora, as rape survivor Seline awaited the results of a pregnancy test, she had little doubt about what to do next.

Barely surviving on a monthly wage of 5,000 shillings, the 38-year-old domestic worker told AFP she was determined to get an abortion if the test was positive.

“If the hospital refuses, I will do it the traditional way, with herbs,” she said, her voice barely rising above a whisper.

“I am ready to do anything, as long as I don’t have to have this baby.”

Gloria Estefan Reveals She Was Sexually Abused At Age Nine

Gloria Estefan, pictured in December 2019, revealed that she was sexually abused as a child while at music school. (Lars Niki/AFP)

 

Grammy-winning pop star Gloria Estefan revealed Thursday that she was sexually abused by a relative when she was nine years old.

The Cuban-American singer shared the childhood trauma during an episode of her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” alongside her adult daughter and niece.

“Ninety-three percent of abused children know and trust their abusers. And I know this, because I was one of them,” said Estefan, now 64.

The assault was committed while Estefan was at a music school, by a distant male relative who was “in a position of power” and exploited Estefan’s mother’s trust in order to molest the young singer, she said.

“You’ve waited for this moment a long time,” Estefan’s niece Lili told her, taking her aunt’s hand.

“I have,” she replied.

Estefan, who sang the 1985 mega-hit “Conga” with Miami Sound Machine, described how her mother had “felt lucky” that the music teacher said her child was talented and gave her special attention.

“I knew that this was a very dangerous situation,” Estefan said.

“And when I revolted and I told him this cannot happen, you cannot do this, he goes ‘Your father’s in Vietnam, your mother’s alone, and I will kill her if you tell her.'”

Estefan said she lost some of her hair due to anxiety over the abuse.

 

This image released by Facebook Watch shows co-hosts, from left, Lili Estefan, Gloria Estefan and Emily Estefan with guest Clare Crawley during a taping of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans.”(Facebook Watch)

 

She eventually told her mother, and police were summoned. But they advised Estefan’s mother not to press charges because she would “go through worse trauma” if she took the stand to testify.

Another television personality, Clare Crawley, appeared on the episode to discuss how she too was abused as a child.

“I also did not want to sit here quietly while you share and are brave,” Estefan told Crawley.

UK Police Officer Given Whole-Life Jail Term For Kidnap, Rape, Murder

In this file photo taken on March 13, 2021 well-wishers embrace after placing flowers at a band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of alleged murder victim Sarah Everard was cancelled after police outlawed it due to Covid-19 restrictions, on Clapham Common, south London. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

 

 

A British police officer who falsely arrested a woman for breaking coronavirus restrictions, then kidnapped, raped and murdered her, was given a rare whole-life jail term on Thursday.

Judge Adrian Fulford told Wayne Couzens, 48, his offences were “grotesque”, after he snatched Sarah Everard off the streets of south London in March this year.

Everard’s disappearance sparked one of Britain’s most high-profile missing persons investigations and protests calling for better safety for women in public spaces.

But there has been widespread horror and revulsion at the involvement of a police officer, who exploited lockdown restrictions and abused his position of trust to kill.

Couzens, who served with the elite diplomatic protection unit of London’s Metropolitan Police, admitted kidnapping, rape and murder at a hearing in July and was sacked.

Sentencing him at the Old Bailey, in central London, Fulford called Couzens’ actions “devastating, tragic and wholly brutal” and said his victim was “wholly blameless”.

Couzens, who will die in jail, becomes the latest of only 60 criminals who will never be considered for release.

“The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause,” Fulford said.

Everard’s family was in court to see her killer jailed. On Wednesday, they gave emotional statements describing the harrowing impact of her death.

“No punishment that you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture that you have inflicted on us,” her father, Jeremy, told Couzens.

The high-profile case refocused attention on how the police handle complaints of violence against women and girls in Britain.

Questions have been raised about why previous complaints of indecent exposure against Couzens, said to have been a user of sex workers and violent pornography, were not dealt with.

The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour party, Keir Starmer, a former chief prosecutor for England and Wales, said legislation needed to be tightened.

He also called for a review of how Couzens was able to “slip through the net”, despite a series of “warning signs”.

Starmer’s Labour colleague, Harriet Harman, a former women’s minister, called for the resignation of Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

“Women must be able to trust the police not fear them. Women’s confidence in police will have been shattered,” she said in a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Met.

My Heart Bleeds Anytime Women, Girls Are Raped – Sanwo-Olu’s Wife

First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has called for an end to rape.

 

The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has called for concerted efforts to fight the scourge of rape, saying her heart bleeds whenever a woman or girl is raped.

She made the call during the second phase of the Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum organised by her office in tackling Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) crimes in the state.

“It pains my heart and my heart bleeds when I hear that there has been a rape case in any area; in any local government; in any school; in any organization and so on,” she was quoted as saying via a statement issued by the Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Office of the First Lady, Olubukonla Nwonah.

“It is really painful to know that these things are still happening and this reinforces the conviction that we must work collaboratively to stamp it out totally.”

While acknowledging that the government alone cannot solve rape cases, she asked non-governmental organisations for support.

The First Lady assured that even though there might be challenges,  a zero-tolerance against SGBV can be achieved in Lagos with the collaboration of NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

She also commended the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the recent signing of the bill establishing the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency into law, and the appointment of an executive secretary, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, to lead the new agency.

“It is inspiring that the law, which also establishes the Sex Offenders Register, has finally become operational in the state and it is hoped that this will provide a quantum leap in terms of the legal framework to significantly and frontally tackle the menace of domestic and sexual violence, name and shame perpetrators and most importantly provide adequate medical and legal support to the victims,” she added.

The forum was attended by NGOs and Civil Society groups in the state including Mirabel Centre, Project Alert On Violence Against Women, Women At Risk International Foundation(WARIF), Bimbo Odukoya Foundation, International Federation Of Female Lawyers, Day Spring Helps Ministry, Jashabel Touch A Heart, Eagles Wings Development, and Vision Spring Initiatives.

Other were Ceceyara Foundation, Child To Child Network, Heartminders Societal, Women Law And Development Centre Nigeria, Women’s Consortium Of Nigeria (WOCON), Women’s Right And Health Project, Community Women’s Rights, African Peace And Conflict Management Foundation, Wuraola Foundation, Safe Haven Children’s Foundation, Stand To End Rape Initiative, Community Health Support And Empowerment Initiative, Humanity Family Foundation For Peace And Development, Virginspride Foundation, Rubis Ink Initiative, Real Women Foundation, and Pukiche Girl Foundation.

Police Arrest 14 Suspected Criminals In Katsina

 

The Police have arrested 13 suspected criminals linked to theft, banditry and kidnapping in Katsina State.

Among those arrested was a 40-year-old man, suspected to be a bandits’ informant in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect identified as Abdullahi Sani of Ruwan Godiya Village in Faskari LGA was arrested on August 12, at about 4:00 pm as part of the recent achievements recorded by the Command in the fight against crime in the state.

In a press briefing held at the command headquarters on Friday, the Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, explained that prior to his arrest, the suspect was overheard discussing with a notorious bandit leader (Alhaji Ado Buji) over the phone, and was strongly suspected by the community to be an informant to the bandits.

Isah said that during the investigations, the suspect confessed to the crime and revealed that some time ago he was given the sum of N800,000 to buy essential needs for the said bandit leader and his camp.

According to Isah, the suspect also stated that one Mallam Mustapha Isah, from Ruwan Godiya village, Faskari LGA was the one who introduced him to the said bandits’ leader.

“He was later traced and arrested,” the police spokesperson said.

The suspect also confessed to running errands for the bandits and collecting the sum of N200,000 from the said Alh Ado Buji.

The command has also succeeded in arresting 13 other suspects including a fake officer of the Nigeria Correctional Services, errand boys of a notorious leader of a bandits’ group among others.

FG Seeks Special Courts For Rape, Gender-Based Violence Offences

A file photo of a court.

 

The Federal Government is engaging respective Heads of Courts to establish specialised courts for speedy and seamless trial of rape and gender-based violence offences, Mr Abubakar Malami has said.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice disclosed this at the inauguration of the Justice for Children Coordination Forum on Thursday during the launch of the EU-UNICEF access to justice programme for children in Abuja.

Malami, who was represented by Professor Muhammad Ahmadu, lamented the pathetic situation of some children in parts of the country.

Professor Ahmadu is the Special Assistant to the President on Research and Special Duties, Office of the AGF.

“This administration will continue to do its best in the protection of the rights of children and vulnerable persons,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by a spokesperson for the office, Modupe Ogundoro.

As reports of rape and gender-based violence offences surface, the minister is hopeful that the specialised courts will fast track the cases and ensure justice for child victims of sexual violence.

According to him, the Federal Government remains unwaveringly dedicated to improving children’s access to a child-friendly justice system.

Malami gave an assurance that through age and gender-sensitive juvenile justice mechanisms and alternatives to detention for children on the move and vulnerable children, the Nigerian child would benefit from the child-friendly justice sector.

Thereafter, he inaugurated Justice for Children Forum chaired by the Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice.

The forum comprises representatives from the ministry, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, and the Nigeria Police Force.

Other members were drawn from the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, National Human Right Commission (NHRC), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), to mention a few.