By Hassan Yakubu
NEWSDAILYNIGERIA– The Kaduna State Government has vowed to ensure justice for a 13 years -old Janet Audu who was allegedly burnt by Mrs Lucy Markus who she worked for as house help in Kaduna.
The Commissioner Human service and Social development Hajiya Hafsat Baba ,said during a press briefing Friday in Kaduna.
Baba said ,the state government has already passed the child welfare and protection law to ensure that every child in the state is well protected.
She said the government of Kaduna state is very concerned as the mandate of the ministry is to protect the welfare of children, women, youth and people with disability.
According to her, the ministry got information about the incident, that one Mrs Lucy working with federal road safety corps burnt her house help with hot water, because she got her soup burnt
She said the girl got a beaten of her life by her and her children and was not taken to the hospital by the said woman.
According to her, the ministry learnt that the girl was taken as child labour at age of 13 which is also an offense in Kaduna state.
‘ When an attempt to be taken to the hospital by PPRO of the police he met resistance from a former commissioner women affairs and also former member house of Assembly who actually know the law
“As i am speaking to you we don’t know where the child is which is our very concern and we are really very upset about it that the child has been taken by the former Commissioner” she said.
“We believe that shielding her from accessing health care and also denying her the right to treated is another offence” she said .
Baba also solicited for support from members of the public to put all hands on deck and ensure that the child had access to good health care.
” We can not keep quiet ,we have laws in place people are pressurising and we have the laws and it has been done so we should be seen to be implementing this laws”
She said the ministry has sent letter to agencies Concerned that is the FRSC seriously complaining ,to police, ministry of Justice, NAPTIP ,Federal Ministry of Human Affairs
“We are working to ensure justice for Janet it’s our responsibility as government to ensure protection of all children Janet inclusive”
According to her, the state government would continue to pursue the case judiciously to ensure justice is served and those involved are been punished.
She called on the security agencies to continue to do their job by protecting lives and property of the citizens.
The Chairperson Federation of women lawyers, Mrs Zainab Atoba, said it’s an offence that has been committed against the state and against humanity,
“We also want justice for the little Janet” she said.