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Gombe mulls life imprisonment for sexual offences

Sexual violators in Gombe State may attract life sentence if the state Government buys the recommendations of a Law Review Committee on human rights violations.

The Law Review committee report headed by Justice Wabili, has already been received and waiting consideration.

The matter came to light during the celebration of the 2017 World Women’s Day where the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Mrs. Rabi Daniel said it was heartwarming to note that the State Government had reviewed the laws on human rights.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Hajiya Laraba Ahmed, also called on the State Governor to endeavour to establish peace and dialogue agency to tackle issues of women and girls.

Also addressing the press, a Non-Governmental organisation (NGO), Peace and Gender Media Practitioners appealed to the Gombe State government to hasten and support the passage of the gender and equity bill in the State.

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The Gombe State Coordinator of the group, Alhassan Yahaya, said if that was done, most of the challenges faced by women and girls in the State would be greatly reduced.

Also speaking, the UN-Women Gender Technical Advisor in Gombe State, Mrs. Rhoda Zira Dia, said despite the opportunities provided by globalization, technology and digital revolution, the World must address the issues of the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and concerns, new fiscal and trade policies as well as environmental impact in the context of women’s economic empowerment.

The State Ministry of Women affairs and Social Welfare in collaboration with the UN-Women brought together various women groups for the celebration which focused on promoting Women’s engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeria.

Source: Gombe mulls life imprisonment for sexual offences | TODAY.ng

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