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SGBV: Governor Bala calls for Review of Laws for Stiffer Punishment

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SGBV: Governor Bala calls for Review of Laws for Stiffer Punishment.

Bashir Hassan.

Bauchi State Governor Bala Muhammed has called for review of criminal law to allow Governors have a stake in the prosecution of perpetrators of any forms of crime and criminality.

He made the call while receiving a women delegation led by his wife (Dr.) Aisha Bala Muhammed on an advocacy campaign against Gender Base Violence and a special lecture marking the end of 16days Activism on gender violence, with a theme “Orange the World”, held at Government House Bauchi.

The governor said it is high time the federal government review the laws to address the worsening security challenges and do away with a deception that things are going better.

He also said that, he had since directed the state Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police to ensure timely prosecution of perpetrators of gender based violence with a view to discouraging the ugly trend.

Bala pointed out that, the domestication of Violence against person prohibition act in the state was a demonstration of his administration commitment to address the problem.

Earlier in her address, the wife of the Governor, Aisha Bala Muhammed who applauded the support of the state government in championing the course of women and other vulnerable groups , called for consolidation of the achievement.

Aisha Bala, said about 234 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partners, in the past years and that less than 40% of the women who experience violence report it or seek for redress.

She assured the determination of her office and the ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development to complement the efforts of various Stakeholders with a view to reducing violence against women to a bearest minimum.

In her welcome address at the event the Commissioner of women Affairs and Child Development, Hajara Jibrin Gidado commended the state First Lady for her effort in touching the life of women, less privilege and assisting youths in the state .

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