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Child Abuse: Osun to Begin Street Raids of Hawkers

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

As part of its commitment to the welfare of children in the state, Osun State Government said it would soon commence mass street raid to stop children from being used for hawking at all hours.

The State Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barr. Olubukola Olaboopo, made this known in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Olaboopo recalled the case of gross molestation of a six-year-old girl who has been under consistent and flagrant abuse by her foster mother had been identified as a serving Police Officer in the State.

She said that immediately the case was reported, the State Government took custody of the abused child, and had since been under shelter and care of the State.

According to her, “In recent times, cases of child abuse have been rampant and have become a major issue in Nigeria. Governments at various levels are enjoined to pay attention to it, as a lot of children are exposed to psychological and emotional abuses which affect their total well being.”

Olaboopo who noted that the way a society treats children will reflect on what the future holds for that society, stressed that children of today will carry on with the efforts of the current generation to preserve their legacies.

She said, “The present administration in the State has zero tolerance for rape, child molestation, child labour and other forms of vices that can endanger the lives of children. The State will soon commence street raid of children who engage in hawking and other labours, and anyone found guilty would face the full wrath of the Law irrespective of their status.

“It is a crime for anyone to violate the Child Rights Law in the State. The case at hand for instance would be charged to Court any moment soon.”

Olaboopo urged citizens not to keep quiet when they observe that a child is being abused around them, noting that such cases should be reported directly to the Ministry or through a call on the toll-free line 293.

 

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