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Borno: NHRC vows justice for raped four-year-old girl

The last may not be heard about the case of the alleged rape of a four-year-old female pupil of the Golden Olive Academy, Maiduguri, by her female teacher recently.

The National Human Rights Commission has vowed to ensure that justice is served the victim in spite of emerging challenges from some people and pleas made by cronies of the alleged culprit.

“Our stand is that justice must be served heard and felt with regard to the case,” Barrister Jummai Mshelia, the Borno State Coordinator of the NHRC, told newsmen in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

“I assure the parents of the child and the public that the culprit will face the wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to others,” she said stressing that, “We will be on top of the situation; as soon as the police conclude their investigation, we will follow it.”

She was addressing newsmen as part of the activities marking the 16 Days of Activism by NHRC.

Barr Mshelia said the commission recorded 495 sexual and gender-based violence in the state in 2022, adding that NAPTIP was already following some of the cases at the Federal High Court in Maiduguri.

She complained that the greatest challenge of the commission in Borno State is the failure of the family, friends and relatives of a survivor to release information to it.

“People go round advising the families of survivors against revealing any sexual violence committed against their own to us, this is lamentable.”

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