NHRC is committed to protection of child’s rights, says Ojukwu


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reiterated its position in protecting the rights of the child, saying every child was entitled to respect for the dignity of the human person.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq., who noted that the Child’s Rights Act (CRA) 2003 frowned at any form of human rights abuse meted out to the child, saying Ebonyi state office of the commission reported the act of torture of an 8-year-old Osinakachi Nancy Iboko by her guardian, Mrs Agatha Nwabeke with the approval of her husband.

Ojukwu, who expressed sadness over the act, said the State Coordinator, Okorie Onyekachi Christopher reported that Little miss Osinakachi was seen tied to a chain and kept under the scorching sun for allegedly eating a candy meant for the baby she was taking care of.

On receiving the information of the abuse, the NHRC in collaboration with its partner, Child Protection Right Defender and conflict resolution centre, swung into action and rescued the victim.

Mrs Agatha Nwabeke Iboko was immediately arrested and handed over to the Police for prosecution after confessing to the crime.

The commission called on all parents, guardian and caregivers to be mindful of the CRA by providing adequate protection for every child as anybody who is caught with the child abuse will be dealt with appropriately.

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