From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
In an effort to ensure access to justice for women and children, the Jigawa State government said, it will look into the possibilities of constructing more upper sharia courts in some parts of the state.
This was disclosed by the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi while responding to questions on a paper presentation to mark the International Human Rights day held at Sir Ahmadu Bello Hall yesterday in Dutse, the state capital.
The effort of providing the additional courts in the state, followed the paper presentation by Barrister Baffa Alhassan where he stressed the need for more Upper Sharia Courts to ensure more accessibility of justice to less privilege people particularly women and children in the state.
Barrister Baffa explained that, more than 80 percent of Jigawa cases is in Sharia court and the cases involving women whom majority of them are victims on lack of access to justice.
He maintained that, some of this women lack adequate fund for transport to attend cases in state capital and to request for lawyers services and this forced them to remain victims of such cases.
Barrister Baffa also charged the general public particularly the elites to treat house help women and nannies with fair by allowing them to have access to education.
While making his remarks, the Chairman Jigawa State Human Rights Network, Comrade Musbahu Basirka said, their network is busy creating awareness on human rights to teeming populace in the state as well as to expose the various channels of reporting human rights violations for appropriate action.