Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Commissioner of police, Auwal Musa Muhammad has assured the readiness of the command to actively collaborate with stakeholders to tackle the menace of Sexual and Gender-Based violence (SGBV) in the state.
The CP who described Gender-based violence as a serious anomaly being perpetuated by some ’idiots’ in the society, called for checks of mental faculty of perpetrators.
“As far as I am concern their mental faculties must be checked because they are behaving like animals”, he opined.
CP Auwal assured that the command was ready to explore all avenues to tackle SGBV in the state, adding that the police will on its part, support the effort of the First Lady of Bauchi state, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed in ensuring the prosecution of offenders.
“We will try as much as possible to sensitize and professionalize our men to do their work so that we get constituted”, he further said.
The CP who commended NAWOJ for organizing the training, described it as a good step in the right direction, urging journalists to use their platforms to sensitise women on SGBV warning that must not be covered up.
CP Auwal made this known during a one-day training workshop on SGBV organized by the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Bauchi State chapter held at the NUJ Secretariat, Bauchi, on Wednesday.
In her welcome remark, the Chairperson of NAWOJ in the state, Mrs Rashida Yusuf Mohammed, appreciated the CP and other stakeholders for attending the training despite their tight schedules.
She stated that 25 journalists drawn from various media organizations in the state attended the training.
“We are here as women journalists to see how we can equip ourselves towards addressing cases of SGBV which have become rampant in our society”, Mrs Rashida Yusuf said.
She urged participants to put to use all they learnt in the training to ensure that the state in particular and the country as a whole is rid of SGBV.
Also speaking, Mrs Esther Patrick, the Gender Officer of the state ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development, said a dashboard had been introduced in the ministry for proper documentation of cases of SGBV.
She said the state had launched a technical team on gender where desk officers work closely with other relevant ministries, agencies and parastatals to tackle the menace.