25 January 2013

Nigeria: Kogi First Lady Warns Against Child Abuse

Child abuse in Kogi State will no longer be tolerated as it will be meted out with stiff penalty and legal action, Kogi First Lady Hajiya Halima Wada has warned.

Hajiya Halima said when she visited a boy, Stephen Ogbewun, who was burnt with a pressing iron by his own father at Lokoja Specialist Hospital yesterday that the action of the father towards his son was unfortunate. She called on the state police command to subject the father to thorough medical examination and urged women to protect the children from inhuman act.

The first lady, who was represented by the wife of the deputy governor, Tokunbo Awoniyi, said child abuse of whatever form is ungodly and would not be tolerated any longer in the state.

She said her NGO, Kogi Women Empowerment Network, is now positioned to fight abuses against children and women in the state, and urged women not to protect their husbands who committed such crimes.

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