By Sunny A Ijomah
Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu has approved the establishment of a special court for children, sexual and gender-based violence offences in the State.
The establishment of the court followed a request by Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Mrs. Ify Obinab.
This court designated “Children, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Court Holden” Awka, is the first of its kind in the history of the State.
The court, which is a Magistrate Court will strictly try special offences that affect children or gender-based violence such as rape, child defilement, gender-based violence crimes and other related offense.
The court, which aims to give accelerated hearing and ensure speedy justice delivery, is the second in the country after Lagos State with Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe as its first Chief Magistrat.
On the first day of trial in the court, three cases, which bordered on rape and child defilement were called up for trial but was later adjourned to August three, 2022 while their defendants were remanded at the Amawbia Correctional Cente.
With this achievement, it is now clear that it will no longer be business as usual for gender and sexual offenders in the State as the Women Affairs Commissioner, Mrs. Obianabo urged Ndi Anambra to support the State government’s efforts to rid the State of violent crimes.