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NHRC commends Udom over fight against gender violence, rape

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Udom Emmanuel. Photo; TWITTER/MRUDOMEMMANUEL

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has received kudos from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for his fight against rape and other gender-based violence in the state.

The State Coordinator of the NHRC, Tony Iji, gave the commendation yesterday while leading a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Information, Sir. Charles Udoh, as part of activities marking a weeklong Declaration of Action Against Rape, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence by the Commission.

Sir Udoh, who received the guests, condemned in strong terms the act of rape and all other gender-based violence, describing them as barbaric, inhuman and despotic. He assured that the Akwa Ibom State Government would continue to sustain the fight against the menace, as well as ensure offenders are prosecuted.

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The State spokesman, who reiterated that those who indulge in such heinous crimes should be served stricter sanctions by institutions of the law, expressed worries over the increasing rate of violence against minors across the country especially incidents of rape.

Sir Udoh warned that those, who want to test the will of the current administration by perpetuating any form of atrocity in the state to desist forthwith or meet with the long arm of the law, emphasised that the Child Rights Law has since been domesticated in the state and still in force. He noted that anyone caught contravening any section of the Law would be dealt with accordingly.

The Information Commissioner noted that the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel would leave no stone unturned in making sure that the menace is exterminated from the state, while also working to ensure that rape victims get justice speedily through a fast-tracked legal process.

The State Coordinator of NHRC, Mr. Iji expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for approving the establishment of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Centres in each of the three Senatorial Districts of the state, remarking that the centres will help in providing medical support services to victims of the carnage.

He, however, called for synergy between the NHRC in the state and the Ministry of Information in the area of sensitisation on ethical reorientation and promotion of positive cultural values.

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