Seven persons have been jailed for rape in Akwa Ibom State, while 30 rape cases are ongoing in courts, Women Affairs and Social Welfare Commissioner Dr. Glory Edet has said.
Edet, who disclosed this yesterday to our correspondent in Uyo, said the feat was achieved by the government between 2017 and this year.
She said the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration was committed to the implementation of the Child Rights Law as well as the protection of vulnerable persons from abuse.
Edet appealed to the states in the country that have not domesticated and implemented the Child Rights Law to do so.
The commissioner said rape cases and similar crimes would be curtailed if states domesticated and fully implemented the Child Rights Law.
“When I called for the domestication of the Child Rights Law, I don’t mean only domestication, but emphasis on implementation. It is one thing to domesticate it, but another thing to implement it. I want to thank our governor, Udom Emmanuel, for implementing the law because anything that has to do with child abuse falls under the Child Rights Law.