A group, Coalition of Plateau Women Advocates (COPWA) is appealing for early warning detection mechanisms in schools and Ministry of Youth Affairs to curb child rape menace.
Mrs Mildred Bako, the Coordinator of the Voice for the Girl Child made the plea on Tuesday in Jos during the protest for Justice for Ochanya.
The coalition comprising more than 20 organisations in Plateau is seeking justice for 13-year-old Elizabeth Ochanya who died of health complications from s3xual abuse.
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Bako, the convener of the protest said that the early warning system would ensure that the Nigerian child had a safe haven to report s3xual abuse.
“The early warning mechanism will ensure that perpetrators of such ungodly act were reported without prejudice or fear of retribution.
“We plead with the Ministry of Justice and National Human Rights Commission to ensure justice for late Ochanya Ogbanje raped by her 52 years cousin’s husband with his son,” she said.
Bako said that the protest was to encourage victims of child rape to report such incidence to forestall further upsurge of the menace.
She said that government agencies responsible for the protection of the child rights should ensure effective sensitisation of all forms of vices against children.
“They should provide a feedback platform for children in all primary and secondary schools in s3xual offences.
“Stiffer sanctions should be given to all rapists and child s3x offenders,” she said.
Mrs Jennifer Yarima, the Chairperson, the Nigerian Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Plateau chapter said that the association was seeking justice for victims of rape across the country.
“We are following 20 rape cases across the country and they have been taken to court for appropriate justice. Also, we have exposed child abuse in an orphanage.
“We urge organisations and parents to partner with us to expose these evil acts in the society and give our children a safe space to secure their future, ” she said.
Mrs Mary Joseph, the Vice Chairman of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) urged victims of rape, especially minors to speak up.
She said that the gesture was the only way to forestall the menace through exposing perpetrators.
The FIDA official appealed to parents, community and relevant government agencies to protect children who speak up against the crime, saying they were mostly threatened.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ochanya Ogbanje died from complications of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) from s3xual abuse she suffered from 8 to 13 years.
VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder or vesico and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.
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