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“Some of the reported rape cases in Kano, not genuine”- Barr. Hussaina Aliyu.

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The chairperson of Melary Legal Advocacy and Human Right Initiative, Barrister Hussaina Ibrahim Aliyu said some of the rape cases reportedly occurring in Kano are not genuinely realistic.

Bar. Hussaina made the disclosure on Wednesday while briefing newsmen at Kano state House of Assembly shortly after conducting a public hearing on the amendment of Administration of Criminal Justice bill 2019.

She said within the years spent championing the cause of offering free legal aid to non-privileges, more especially rape victims.

Apart from redeeming the right of the victims, there is legal and moral obligation to protects the right of the suspects to investigate the authenticity of the rape accusation” she pointed out.

Bar. Hussaina added that, it was later realised that some of the rape cases are deeply interconnected with false-accusations, the pre-meditated implications happening within the acrimonious-family setting or in any social interactions, with a view to dent one’s image.

Adding that, the memorandum and observations contributed from various legal perspectives during the public hearing will help maximally towards solving the anomalies embedded in the Administration of Criminal Justice Law bill 2019.

In the same vein, Assistant Controller of Prison, Kano State Ahusa Aliyu said 65 per cent of Kano prisons inmate are awaiting trials.

He asserted that the prisons in the state were built to a capacity of 2128 inmates, but he lamented that under the facade of delay of justice dispensation, the prisons are now running beyond its capacity of accommodation of 4248 inmates.

“70 per cent of the inmates, committed capital offences, which need an urgent intervention for the authorities concern to do the needful towards reducing the figures to the barest minimum” he suggested.

Earlier, in his opening remark of the hearing, headed by the majority leader, Bappa Babba Dan-Agundi, speaker Kano House of Assembly Kabiru Alhassan Rurum said” The Bill before us today is an executive Bill sent by the State governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, which he said the bill has been subjected to the rigorous legislative process and have since passed the 1st and 2nd reading.

While the committee secretary Bar. Mujtapha Adamu Aminu gave assurance to the public that the committee outcome will be beneficial to all and sundry in Kano state.

The public hearing had in attendance of Human Rights organisations, Civil Societies, Consultants, CSO and representatives of the State Judiciary.

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