Stop proposing out-of-court settlements, expert advises security officials

Kebe Ikpi, Acting Coordinator of the Nigerian Child Protection Network, Cross River chapter, has advised security officials to stop proposing out-of-court solutions for GBV cases. Mr. Ikpi gave the advice in Calabar during the second round of a three-day training, organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC). The training, which began on May 18, was to improve the capacity of the body in the state in handling gender-based violence problems. “When cases of gender-based violence are reported to you as an officer, you should not for any reason encourage or propose an out-of-court settlement because someone’s life is at stake,” Mr. Ikpi said. “If it is a social welfare case, it can be handled by the relevant government agencies, such as the Ministry of Social Welfare, which are trained to handle this type of case. ALSO READ: GBV: Group identifies over 140 survivors in Edo for support – Official “Referral is the foundation of GBV services because no single partner can provide all of the services a survivor requires, which can include counseling, rehabilitation and more,” she added. Blessing Ntamu, a psychologist at the GBV Center at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Calabar, said the training was aimed at preparing NSCDC officers to provide psychosocial first aid to survivors as first responders. “Without training, security officials would treat GBV survivors like other suspects or criminals and compound their cases. “This can even lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal tendencies,” he said. Ms. Ntamu added that while it was important to empower girls, the boy should not be neglected because boys must become better men if gender-based violence is to be effectively addressed. Eremi John, speaking on behalf of the trainees, said the training had increased the capacity of the body in the state to handle and reduce cases of gender-based violence. She urged everyone, especially men, to come out and speak out against gender-based violence because if they kept silent, their cases would not be heard and the perpetrators would continue to get away with it. Marija Rakovic, UNFPA Cross River Office Chief, urged participants to come together in their various commands and discuss how to begin implementing what they learned in the training. According to her, gender-based violence remains high in Cross River and no one can fight it alone without effective collaboration. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Stop proposing out-of-court settlements, expert advises security officials