FIDA Yobe Branch Holds Campaign to Increase Awareness of VAPP Law Ratified by the Yobe State House of Assembly

The International Federation Of Female Lawyers (FIDA), Yobe State Branch in collaboration with the Action Health Incorpoation on Tuesday, 30th of March, 2021, organised a one day awareness campaign to popularise the VAPP Law, Yobe State.

The campaign themed, Increasing visibility and popularization of the Violence Against Person Prohibition Act, was held at the Amalgamated union Secretariat, Gashau.

The VAPP Law

The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law aims to prohibit all forms of violence against persons in private and public life, and to provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders.

The Law provides general protections against offenses including infliction of physical injury, coercion, offensive conduct, willfully placing a person in fear of physical injury, willfully making false statements against another person, damage to property with intent to cause distress, and deprivation of personal liberty.

The Law also provides protections against offenses that affect women disproportionately, including a prohibition of female genital mutilation; forceful ejection from home; forced financial dependence or economic abuse; forced isolation; emotional, verbal and psychological abuse; harmful widowhood practices; and spousal battery, among others.

In attendance were Hon. Justice I.W. Jauro, Hon. Justice H.L. Musa and the Chief registrar of Yobe State Judiciary. The Chief host was the chairperson of FIDA Yobe State, Altine Ibrahim, Esq.

After the opening prayer by the Chief Imam of Yobe State Central Mosque, Hon. Justice Jauro highlighted the provisions of the VAPP law of Yobe State and briefly explained the positions of the Law.

The importance of the VAPP law was expatiated by a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Buba Kalallawa who cleared the air on the Law as passed into Law by the Yobe State legislature but yet to be assented by the executive Governor of Yobe State.

Similarly, Hon. Justice Hadiza Lawan Musa in her remarks, stated that the VAPP Law of Yobe State will help curtail cases of violence against persons in the society, while urging lawyers and judicial officers to work hard to ensure that members of the society are not living in trepidation of violence cases.

More photos from the event

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