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Solomon Arase 'VAC remains major social, law enforcement challenge,' IGP

He, however, stated that the Police Force had undertaken some initiatives to ensure that VAC was properly addressed.

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, on Tuesday said violence against children (VAC) had remained a major social and law enforcement challenge within the global order.

Arase said this in Abuja during the launch of the year of action to end violence against children by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that the diverse prevalence of violence on children had hampered national development in all areas which was mainly evident in under-developed countries.

"The dynamics of child violence which manifests in form of physical, sexual and emotional violence impacts negatively on not only the child’s future potentials but on national development. Unfortunately, available statistics continually establish that VAC is more prevalent in underdeveloped countries and sub-Saharan Africa than other parts of the world,” he said.

The IG-P added that there was need to strengthen the human and institutional capacity of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) towards addressing the challenge.

He, however, stated that the Police Force had undertaken some initiatives to ensure that VAC was properly addressed.

"We have established a Gender Unit in the Nigeria Police Force to interface with all state and non-state actors concerned with child, gender and youth matters.

"We have developed unique platforms for confidentially reporting issues of VAC as well as on-going public enlightenment programme by the gender unit of the Force. In order to give the right orientation to all police officers, modules on human trafficking, violence against persons and child abuse have been incorporated into the training programmes of the NPF at all levels. There is also exposure of Police Gender Officers to specialised international trainings,’’ he said.

The police chief further said that a nation that could not protect her children was an endangered nation and the NPF was making every effort to protect the lives of its citizens including children.

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