BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto –
Sokoto State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Sulaiman Usman SAN has reiterated that the state has zero tolerance for perpetrators of all forms of crimes including, that of Gender Based Violence (GBV), harmful practices, amongst others.
Sulaiman SAN stated this on Wednesday in Sokoto shortly after declaring open, a 2 day Access to Justice Coordination Forum meeting with stakeholders in Sokoto.
The stakeholders meeting was funded by the European Union (UN) through UNICEF in collaboration with Sokoto State Ministry of Justice.
He said: “Perpetrators of all forms of crimes should know that in Sokoto state, we have zero tolerance for crime. We will ensure that cases are prosecuted speedily and strictly to ensure that culprits are punished accordingly”.
Sulaiman SAN noted that the justice coordination forum was a well attended, rich meeting which shows that the Child Access to Justice in Sokoto is really having a boost.
The state Attorney General further assured that Sokoto has now established Child Protection Law 2021, adding that “the commitment of stakeholders with support from UNICEF in establishing this Access’s to justice Coordination Forum, will go a long way in addressing most of the challenges associated with child justice.
Speaking earlier, Hajiya Habiba Ahmed Usman, who is an Acting Director, Sokoto State Ministry of Justice and the State Access to Justice Coordination Focal Person, said stakeholders were gathered to collectively look at the validation of the implementation plans of the Child Protection Law of Sokoto State.
According to Hajiya Habiba, stakeholders will look at access to justice on the first day and Justice for Children Coordination Forum Implementation on the second day of the meeting.
She noted that a subcommittee for access to justice will be created to help improve, and sustain partnership toward harnessing solutions on proper implementation.
Stakeholders at the 2 Day Access to Justice Coordination meeting were drawn from both the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS), Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS), Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, and International Federation Of Women Lawyers (FIDA).
Others were from the Nigeria Bar Association (MBA), Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Ministry of Health, CSOs, NGOs as well as members of the Sokoto Gender Based Response Team.