By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Kaduna Magistrate Court, Taiwo road on Monday granted 37-year-old woman, Vivian Kalu who set her 8-year-old daughter ablaze for disregarding her order.
The incident which occured on Wednesday, December 12, at the Goni-Gora community along the Kaduna -Abuja Expressway, but got public attention on Wednesday December 19, 2018 after it was reported at Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
It has since attracted public sympathy including the wife of the state governor, Arch. Isma El-Rufai, Commissioner, Women Affairs, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, immediate past Chairperson of National Association of Women Journalists, Kaduna Chapter, Juliet Oyoyo, Executive Director, Legal Awareness for Nigeria Women, Barr Rebecca Sako-John among others.
After spending five days in security custody, Vivian Kalu regained freedom after meeting her bail conditions – 2 sureties at the sum of N100,000 each and N100,000 for her totalling N300,000 Bond, residents of Kaduna, valid address and passports.
Meanwhile, the 8-year-old girl is responding to treatment at emergency unit of a specialist hospital in Kaduna.
It is important to note that, there are several laws put in place in the state now which protect children against any form of abuse or violence and anyone found guilty upon conviction risk jail term or fine or both.
Earlier in the year, the State House of Assembly had passed a law known as Child Welfare and Protection which has since been accented to by the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
And just last week Friday, another law known as Violence Against Persons Prohibition, (VAPP), was passed into law and now await El-Rufai’s approval for gazette by the Attorney General of the State.
The case had been adjourned to January 18, 2019 for further hearing.