August 18, 2023

Prosecute bandits for raping, killing women, children – UNICEF tells FG

UNICEF Cristian Munduate Cristian

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, has asked the Federal Government to prosecute bandits for their atrocities of murder  and rape committed against women and children. 

The Country Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate Cristian made the call during a press briefing preparatory to the commemoration of World Humanitarian Day in Maiduguri on Friday.

She noted that it was unacceptable that governments had not taken drastic actions against those who abducted schools children, killed women and teachers, and raped young schoolgirls.

She called for proper strengthening of judiciary systems and warned that the barbaric act should stop so that children could go to schools without fear of being kidnapped or raped.

She said, “So, yes it is bad. You can read these on a daily basis on the number of attacks on the community and schools. Just a couple of days ago, teachers were attacked and unfortunately, they were murdered. This aspect requires immediate action.

“It is not acceptable that bandits are not taking to courts and they have been assaulting, killing children and women; abducting and raping etc. It scares me, if there is any process, I think there is no proper punishment for these people legally.

“We have international laws and also a legal system. Of course, the country has their national laws and these laws have to be applied.”