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Law enforcement to get new procedures for gender violence

A Standard operating procedures SOP, on how law enforcement agencies should handle sexual and gender based violence in the country is being developed by the Center for Social Justice in partnership with the United Nations.

The handbook would be used by the police, the Nigeria security and civil defense corps, the national human rights commission, NAPTIP and other law enforcement as well as justice sector agencies.

At a workshop in Abuja to develop the SOP, the lead director of the center for social justice, Mr. Eze Onyekpere said the document would remove the longstanding inter-agency confusion and lapses in handling sexual and gender based violence.

An Adamawa state based, executive director, women and youth empowerment for  advancement and health initiative, Aishatu Mairegima said earlier trainings have developed the capacity of stakeholders in the state.

For the last one year, the center for social justice has been working with the spotlight initiative of the United Nations to build the capacity of Nigerians on matters of sexual and gender based violence.

Victor son Agbenson

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