Abuja, 02 December, 2023 / 9:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Caritas Nigeria, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has called on the Nigerian government to speed up the prosecution and punishment of individuals involved in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases in the West African country.
Speaking to ACI Africa on the sidelines of the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV in the Archdiocese of Abuja, Caritas Nigeria Gender Focal person, Mr. Charles Aneni said delays in the judicial process is an injustice to GBV victims.
“The government needs to act with speed in the judgment delivery on GBV perpetrators. Delays in judgment delivery is making survivors cry out that justice delayed most times becomes justice denied,” Mr. Aneni told ACI Africa on Wednesday, November 29.
He added, “We need the government to step up. We hope that the mobile courts that the government is proposing will come to light as soon as possible.”
The Caritas Nigeria official commended the government for their assistance to GBV victims, and added, “There however is still room for improvement and that is why civil society organizations, NGOs and faith-based organizations are to be the foot soldiers to reach the place where government cannot reach and also to sensitize the public on the dangers of this social menace.”