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Police move to check child molestation

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[FILES] Nigeria police station. Photo/ AFP


The police high command has embarked on a move to enforce child rights laws with a view to drastically reducing molestation of children in the country.

The new move led to collaboration of the high command with the Nasarawa State University to train two dozen officers in the gender unit of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) on ‘Child molestation prevention and management for personnel of gender unit of NPF.’

The training was declared open by the Inspector General of Police, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Dayo Ariyo.

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He said: “We appreciate the Nasarawa State University for this laudable training programme to personnel of the gender unit of the Nigeria police force.

Children are our future and if we want a better tomorrow for the country, there is a need to ensure that children are well taken care of today so that they can be good leaders of tomorrow.

“If we allow them to be subjected to undue molestation, harassment and the rest of them, it will weigh down on their psyche. Any child that has been molested will most likely not be able to hold his head high in the society in the future.

“That is why we really appreciate the institute for this programme and that is why our personnel in the gender unit can go all out to ensure measures are put in place to prevent molestation of children and where such is perhaps inevitable, they will be able to know how to manage those affected and make them to overcome such unfortunate incidence so that in future they can be able to stand firm and take up positions in the country as worthy leaders of tomorrow.”

The representative of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, said the university was keen on contributing to crime fighting in Nigeria.

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