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Why CRIVIFON advocates victims’ compensation, by Ofurum

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Ofurum spoke yesterday at the Course 15 Civilian Graduation and commemoration of 70th International Human Rights Day by CRIVIFON in Shomolu, Lagos State.

National coordinator of Crime Victims Foundation Nigeria (CRIVIFON), Titus Ofurum, has explained the foundation’s interest in victims’ compensation.

He said the concern was borne out of the neglect of crime victims even after prosecution of the offender.
 
Ofurum spoke yesterday at the Course 15 Civilian Graduation and commemoration of 70th International Human Rights Day by CRIVIFON in Shomolu, Lagos State.

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CRIVIFON used the event for the civilian graduation of Course 15 in human rights capacity development.
 
The national coordinator noted that the foundation pushed for the gunshot victims’ treatment bill, which has been signed into law, adding that it is currently on the victims’ compensation bill.
 
Executive director of CRIVIFON, Mrs. Gloria Egbuji, said that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers everybody, adding: “The principles enshrined therein are as relevant as today as they were in 1948.”

She stressed the need for everyone to stand up for human rights, stating: “We can take action in our own daily lives to uphold the right to protect us all and thereby promote the very importance of all.”

Among those who graced the event were pupils from primary and secondary schools, Yoruba and Igbo traditional titleholders, security agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other personalities.

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Mrs. Jacinta Maduagwu of Friends of Kind Heart Foundation told The Guardian that the group’s was to empower the needy.

“We empower the less privileged, including widows and beggars with money to start small business after training them on skills,” she said.
 
She disclosed that they source funds from the kind-hearted in the society.
 
She said: “We source funds from public-spirited individuals and organisations. Some of these beggars will be off the streets if you empower them to take care of their basic needs.”
 
As the world celebrates human rights day, she advised Nigerians to stand on their rights.
 
“Many people, who are intimidated, don’t know what to do. We should not be intimidated by those in uniform,” she added.

Crime officer at Alade Police Station, Shomolu, Funmilayo Olaleye, urged the graduands to imbibe all that they were taught and cross their limits.

The governor of Course 15, Stephen Ejiofor, encouraged Nigerians to realise the importance of individuals’ rights, to build a lasing relationship with compatriots.


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