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Experts call for the use of VAPP law in prosecuting cases of SGBV in Enugu state ( See deatils)



The Chairman Enugu State Sub Committee on GBV Welfare and Support, Amb. Onyinye Mamah


They also want government at all levels to provide a separate court for SGBV cases in different parts of the country.

These they said would help in prosecuting cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV. .

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They stated these in a two day workshop organized by SGBV Justice Clusters to enlighten both the state and non state actors on the gap in court proceding which necessitated the enactment of VAPP and ACJ laws.
Between January and April 2022, statistical records had it that about (335) persons experienced different forms of SGBV across Nigeria.






Speaking on the essence of the training, a keynote speaker and Seasoned Facilitator, Barr. Solumtochukwu Ozubulu stated that salient provisions of laws which were often neglected like the International treaties, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter and Constitution, necesitated the promulgation of the VAPP and ACJ laws. “We are looking at how we can use VAPP law and Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) to curb SGBV cases to minimal and as well the need for effective implementation of these laws in Enugu state so that Survivors and Victims of SGBV can be able to access justice at all cost. According to her, “My advice to actors in this field is let’s focus on survivors, let’s learn to do proper investigations because the court will not work on our emotions. So it is very important that we do proper silent investigation, gather unbiased evidence and then approach the court for redress”.

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Another robust facilitator and chairman Enugu state Sub committee on GBV welfare and support, Amb. Onyinye Mamah who spoke extensively on VAPP law as essential ingredence of justice delivery on SGBV cases like rape noted that a lot need to be done by both the judiciary, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and the media in sensitizing the public on VAPP law which has been domesticated and as well gazetted in Enugu state. She said “the core essence of the workshop is to activate the use of VAPP law in complement with the criminal justice law in full administration because we noticed that most of the court do not use VAPP law at against what we are profiling in GBV cases. “Describing the VAPP law as the most appropriate instrument for profiling GBV cases, Amb. Mammah who is also the Executive Director Heroine Women Foundation said “we have maped out relevant stakeholders which include the chief judge, the ministry of Gender Affairs, the Attorney General and the league of bars in the forum. We will pay advocacy visit to intimate them on the need to use the VAPP law with the procedural law which is the criminal justice law to prosecute cases and to seek partnership and synergy to push it forward.”

“In Enugu state, GBV cases are always reported to the right Channel but seem not to be properly handled. Without speedy trials, due processes delivery and justices served at the point of judiciary, efforts to curb the sociatal menace may not be fruithful no matter the referral and follow up of cases on SGBV.”

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The Representtive of the state ministry of Gender Affairs and social Development, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Uzamaka Okenwa Uzoechina lamented that the efforts put to pursue cases on SGBV are not commensurate with the result. Dr Uzoechina emphasized ” this is because the level of abuse and decadence in respect to GBV cases is alarming. I want all the actors and non actors to scale up collaborative efforts to ensure that many pending cases of SGBV are properly handled using the instrument of VAPP law. The collaboration would be among the ministry, law enforcement agencies, developing partners, Volunteers, Faith Based Organisations, the Media and Comunities in order to ensure that SGBV cases are brought to the nearest minimum.”





One of the participant and Executive Director, Camelight Prisoners Interest Organization (CAPIO), Rev. Father Jude Isiguzo thanked the orgnisers for the broad knowledge he had been exposed to which is on the existence and application of the VAPP law. The priest said ” It is now on me to make the people understand that violence should not be tolerated at all if actually the society tend to protect the vulnerable especially women and girls. A lot of inmate are in correctional centers becaue of GBV cases but we will let the survivors of SGBV cases now that VAPP and ACJ laws are there for them.”




The center co-ordinator of the training and staff of Agbani Farms, Margaret Obiegue maintained that the purpose of the workshop was to enlighten and create awareness on VAPP and ACJ laws in Enugu state.
“When I went for a soft copy of the VAPP law, I found that most lawyers in Enugu state are not even aware of it” she said.

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The General Manager, Agbani Farms Ltd, Mr Oscar Egbogu said that the organisational farm is ever ready to partner any campaign against all sorts of GBVs.
” our staff are predominantly women and as well as farming we also run empowerment programmes where we consistently teach them how to be self reliant.
We also train the local populace on skills acquisition and empowernment.
In Agbani Farms, we see ourselves as having wider obligations beyond just a business. “We are into fishery, poultry and market garden farming. We run event classes and training events to help the local people because we found that there is a cuzzle link between the victims and survivors of SGBVs and sometimes the lack of skills that some of these victims may posses which leaves them vulnerable in the society.” end of quote.




The two day workshop was organized by Agbani Farms Ltd, in partnership with USAID, Lawyers Alert and Polladium while participants were drawn from relevant actors.

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