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Anti-violence bill receives Senate approval

14 May 2015, 19:06

Abuja - The Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Bill has  been approved at the Senate.

Legislators endorsed the bill on Thursday after considering the report  of its joint conference Committee on the instrument, presented by  Senator Umaru Dahiru.

Speaking during the presentation, Dahiru urged the Senate to approve  the report on a bill for an act to eliminate violence in private and  public life prohibit all forms of violence against persons and provide  maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment  for offenders

Also read: Saraki suggests community initiatives to end violence

In his contribution, Senator Ayogu Eze commended the committee for  doing a commendable job by ensuring the Senate version of the bill go through.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the  sitting, commended the lawmakers for approving the bill.

He urged the committee to ensure its full implementation.

The bill seeks to prohibit female circumcision or genital mutilation,  forceful ejection from home and harmful widowhood practices.

It also prohibits abandonment of spouse, children and other dependents  without sustenance.

- CAJ News


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