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Kano Judiciary aims to establish special courts for gender-based violence cases – Chief Judge

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The Kano State Judiciary is says it is currently working towards establishing special courts to adjudicate on gender-based violence, aiming to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice.
Kano State Chief Judge, Justice Dije Abdu Aboki, made the assertion while delivering her speech as the guest speaker at the National Executive Council Meeting of the Federation of International Lawyers, Nigerian Chapter, currently taking place in Kano.
She emphasized that the initiative is essential for upholding society’s trust in the judicial system.
Accoding to the Chief Judge, to achieve this development,  there must be an increased collaborative effort of all concerned stakeholders such as law enforcement agencies, Ministry of Justice, and the Legal Aid Council.
She added, this can also  be achieved through enhanced community outreach programs and comprehensive support systems for victims, noting that essential steps can be taken to combat gender based violence effectively.
Justice Aboki pointed out that, the promotion of girl-child education is another critical area where FIDA can make a significant impact.
“By advocating for policies that ensure access to quality education for all girls and addressing the socio-cultural barriers that impede their educational progress, we can empower the next generation of women leaders. I am pleased to highlight the efforts of the Kano State Government in promoting girl child education.
“From its inception, FIDA has been a beacon of hope and a formidable force in the fight for justice, equality, and the protection of women’s and children’s rights. Your tireless efforts have not only provided legal assistance to those most in need but have also paved the way for significant legal reforms and societal changes that continue to impact millions.
“This gathering of dynamic, committed and visionary women lawyers is truly inspiring and it brings back cherished memories of my active involvement with FIDA, an organization that has shaped my professional journey and personal growth.” She stated.
In his speech, the Kano State Attorney General, Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi, said Kano State Government is actively exploring initiatives to bridge the gap in legal access for indigent women and children.
Barrister Dederi, represented by Director Civil Rights, Kano State Ministry for Justice, Barrister Hussein Hussein stressed that Kano stand stands firmly in solidarity with this important cause.
“We believe in the power of collaboration, and we are eager to learn from the experiences and expertise shared at this meeting.
“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to FIDA for your commitment to justice and upholding the rights of all citizens. May your participation in this National Executive Council Meeting be fruitful and contribute significantly to a more just and equitable Nigeria.” Kano AG further said.
Earlier in her speech,  Mrs Amina Suzana Agbaje further  appreciates Kano State for joining the league of States in the country by enacting the Child Protection Law in June 2023.
According to her, the State joint other states in Nigeria that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act into their legal frameworks.
She stated  this is  unified effort across states strengthens the  country’s commitment to upholding children’s rights and fostering their well-being.
 “This is a right step in the right direction and we are proud to be associated with this. “We are aware of the operationalization of the Sexual offender’s database which commenced in 2022 as a curbing measure by the State Government in  checkmating the menace of sexual and gender based violence.

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In her closing remarks, Hajiya Bilkisu Ibrahim, the Kano State Chairperson of FIDA, lauded the Kano State Chief Judge for her dedication to establishing a special court to address gender-based violence, citing it as a significant achievement for Kano FIDA.
She also expressed her appreciation for the Chief Judge waiving the court filing fees for FIDA in a case involving children.

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