NGO wants capital punishment for officials, security agents maltreating IDPs

NGO wants capital punishment for officials, security agents maltreating IDPs

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A non-governmental organisation, Victims of Violence Charity Foundation, has advocated capital punishment against any official found to have shortchanged Internally Displace Persons in the distribution of relief materials.
The NGO also said that the same punishment should be meted out to those officials and security agents found guilty of raping young girls and women in the IDP camps.
The foundation disclosed that it had tasked its legal department to look into the cases of rape of women and young girls in some of the IDP camps in the North East, vowing to ensure the prosecution of the culprits.
The foundation, which was inaugurated in Ilorin in 2015 by the son of renowned Islamic Scholar ,late Sheikh Muhammed Gunmi, made its position known in Ilorin, Kwara State, during a “charity walk against malnutrition”, which had the theme, “Serve a Meal to Save a Soul”.
Speaking with newsmen, Kwara State Coordinator of the foundation, Mrs. Fatima Abdulfatai, said its inhuman for anyone to indulge in such improper practices against vulnerable persons .
“I consider it inhuman because those people are there not because they wished to be there but because of the circumstances they found themselves. It’s inhuman for anyone to want to come in between them and their help,” she said.
In addressing the malnutrition crisis affecting IDPS at their various camps, Abdulfatai said the foundation would procure large quantity of “server milk” for distribution to children at various IDP camps.
She lamented the growing number of children dying from malnutrition at various IDP camps across the country, particularly in Mongunu and Bama local government areas of Borno State.
The coordinator said the essence of the awareness walk was to raise funds to assist the IDPS, urging the Federal Government to work with NGOs to ensure a hitch-free distribution of relief materials to victims.
She said the foundation had visited Bama and Monguno with the co-operation of community leaders to distribute relief materials to victims, adding that it would extend such gestures to other places, including Kwara.
“Here, in Kwara, we have issues too, like the Fulani/ herdsmen clash in Oro-Ago and issue of Shara/Tsaragi communal clash. We hope to penetrate there, too”, she said.
Her views were corroborated by the Secretary- General of the foundation, Adio Friday, who urged the Federal Government to treat those who shortchanged IDPS in the distribution of relief materials as criminals.
“That’s theft, that’s criminal, there should be a great capital punishment for them,” he said.
The awareness walk took members of the organisation from GRA through Ahmadu Bello to the Challenge and Post Office areas and it terminated at the take-off point at GRA, Ilorin.

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