UNICEF decries detention of children in adults’ prisons

THE continued detention of children in conflict with the law in the same prison custodies with adult criminals in Taraba State as well as in other parts of the country has become a source of worry to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
  The leadership of the D-Field office of the international organisation which Sunday in  Jalingo, Taraba State  inaugurated the state chapter of the Child Protection Network (CPN), also  decried the state government’s delay in implementing the Child Rights Law that had been passed into law by the State House of Assembly.

  The body further expressed dismay over the inability of the state government to establish remand homes for children who have run foul of the law.
The UNICEF also frowned at the lukewarm attitude of the state government towards establishing family courts where children in conflict with the law can be tried.
  The UNICEF specialist on Child Development, Nkiru Maduechesi, who stated this in her presentations, also called on the state police commissioner and other relevant authorities to desist from encouraging the settlement of rape cases outside the courts.
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