Human Rights Commission Vows to Go Tough against Abusers of Girl Child, Widows’ Rights in Anambra

…Seeks Support of FG MDAs

By Michael Nnebife

The Anambra State Coordinator, Nigeria Human Rights Commission, Barr Obinna Maduforo, has vowed to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that perpetrators of obnoxious practices against widows and defilement of teenage girls in the state end up in police net for prosecution with stiffer punishment.

Barr Maduforo gave the indication when the commission paid a courtesy visit to the State Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Sir Joseph Uchendu, at the corporate headquarters of the agency in Awka.

Maduforo expressed regret that cases of obnoxious practices against widows and defilement of the girl child in the state on daily basis were on the increase.

He disclosed that the commission had prosecuted more than five offenders since he took over the affairs of the commission in October last year.

The Anambra Human Rights Commission coordinator, who felt honoured to visit the leadership of the NOA in the state in the course of his tour to the major stakeholders of the commission drawn from the Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, including parastatals in the state, stressed the need for the commission to synergize with NOA in the fight against human rights abuse in the state.

Responding, the NOA State Director, Sir Uchendu, described the visit as very apt, assuring that the agency would leverage women’s August Meetings to educate the people, especially the women and the girl child in the state, on their fundamental rights and other social evils meted out against them in society.

The NOA director, who condemned the increasing rate of human rights violation against widows and the girl child, expressed the readiness of NOA in Anambra to support the Human Rights Commission and appealed to every pressure group in the state to join forces to stop the menace in every corner of Nigeria.