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Rape: Advocate calls for protection of minors

A Child Rights Advocate, Mss, Charity Anaja, has condemned the brutal rape of a 5-year-old minor that occurred last Friday in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa State.

The advocate has called on the authorities to mete out adequate punishment to the culprit to serve as a deterrent to others.

In a statement made available to Radio Nigeria on Tuesday, Mss, Anaja said, she would add her voice to the voices that have condemned the brutal rape and forceful genital mutilation of the 5year old girl, Fatima Ayuba, recently in Adamawa State.

“This is one among so many that have been happening but not reported. I see this as a crime against womanhood and humanity, therefore our children are vulnerable and easy targets for abuse and as such should be protected and not neglected”. 

She said what had happened was a clear case of poor parenting and lack of family affiliation to which the perpetrator was alleged to be a close relation.

The Advocate said abuse, molestation and harmful practices robbed children of the joy of childhood and consequently truncate the development of our nation. 

Mss Anaja, therefore, called on governments at all levels to domesticate, strengthen and enforce legislation that protects and promote the rights of children and also on parents, teachers and communities to emulate the good Samaritan who responded early to the menace by rushing the girl to the hospital.

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