Women Lawyers set to probe rape cases in IDP camps

Chukwumerije Aja, Abuja

FIDA means - International Federation of Women Lawyers

Women lawyers operating under the aegis of International Federation of Women Lawyers also known as FIDA, have vowed to probe rape cases among women and children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps all over Nigeria.

The female lawyers indicated that they will work in collaboration with the police and other security agencies in other to bring identified culprits to book to serve as deterrent to others.

The Regional Vice President of the federation, Mrs Laraba Shuaibu, told a press conference in Abuja that the women lawyers will provide free legal services to the rape victims to enable them get deserved justice.

The press conference was anchored on the coming of the African Regional Congress of the federation scheduled to hold in Abuja between November 26 to 29.

Mrs. Shuaibu, condemned the actions of rapists in the camps as unfortunate for criminally minded people to take advantage of vulnerable women and children in the camps.

“It is disheartening that women and children are being raped in IDP camps. We are visiting IDP camps in Abuja to ascertain the level of crime. We have championed the campaign against rape. They are vulnerable and to be so abused it is so unfortunate,”
she said.

“We are going on a fact finding mission in the IDP camps. When we get the fact in the Abuja camps, we will be able to work in collaboration with our members in the northeast and that will guide us on the next step to take,” Shuaibu added.

On the Regional Congress, scheduled to begin this weekend, Mrs. Shuaibu said that women lawyers in the African continent are expected to participate.

She further said, that eminent Nigerians including a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Miriam Aluma Murktah is also expected to be in attendance.

She appealed to security agencies to provide adequate security for delegates that will be attending the congress.
Omolayo.A