The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Nasarawa Gwong in Plateau State, Musa Hassan in collaboration with the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Plateau State is set to carryout advocacy on rape and other related cases within the Nasarawa Division.
This came to lamplight as both parties visited critical stakeholders from various communities to sensitize them on the dangers of issues affecting the girl child.
According to Hassan, the issue of rape, violence against women and girls within his domain is a matter of concern because of the alarming rate hence the collaboration with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ) is important. He added that without the collaboration and support of these critical stakeholders, they cannot achieve the goal and appealed to them to see the need for the advocacy so as rid these communities of rape and other societal ills.
Also in her submission, NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs. Jennifer Yarima expressed thanks to the DPO for the initiative expressing that NAWOJ have never at any point in time fold arms over such issues pointing out that the association stands as a voice to the voiceless and making sure justice is achieved for the victim while the perpetrator are punished based on the law. She added that NAWOJ has fought many of such cases.
She advised parents to always open up on such issues and teach their children to always give them information on anything that happens to them; this she revealed will help the traumatized child come out of the pain she or he is passing through adding that exposing the offenders and making them face the wrath of the law will serve as a deterrent to others.
Responding, representatives of the various communities appreciated the DPO and NAWOJ of the initiative noting that they are fully in support of such initiative because they alone cannot do it but with the help and support of the DPO and NAWOJ, they can gladly say that offenders must face the wrath of the law no matter how the highly place the individual or family is.
They added that parents should learn to expose whatever is being done to their children adding that hiding it causes more harm than good to the future of the child and society at large.
The communities visited include Christian/Muslim forum, Muslim community in fillin ball, the Ujah of Anaguta. Others to be visited are the commissioner of police plateau state, Adagwom Izere and the area commander Jos Metropolitan.