By Ibrahim Abdul
The European Union in conjunction with the British Council has trained 20 policemen on how to handle rape cases as well as gender-based violence in Adamawa.
Selected from four divisions in the state, the policemen were also equipped with relevant working tools to enable them to discharge their duties optimally.
Speaking during the hand-over of Family Support Unit items at the state’s police command headquarters, the Programme Manager of Managing Conflict in Nigeria, MCN, Professor Muhammad Tabiu, stated that Adamawa was the first state to benefit from the training in Nigeria.
Mr Tabiu noted that the training would strengthen the capacity of the police to resolve cases of sexual assault and gender-based violence.
He added that in order to facilitate dispensation of justice to victims, his organization had established linkages with the ministry of justice, the ministry of women affairs, the security outfits and the state specialist hospital for referral cases.
He noted that with the establishment of a comprehensive system in the state, it would be difficult for rape culprits to escape punishment.
Earlier, the state’s commissioner of police, Abdullahi Yerima, who commended the British Council for their support, pledged to ensure that the facilities given to the four police commands are used optimally and effectively.
While emphasizing his zero tolerance for rape and gender-based violence, the commissioner said he would ensure that anyone involved in such crimes is punished according to Nigeria’s extant laws.
He, therefore, warned policemen in the state to desist from compromising and interfering in such cases, saying that any policeman found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.