The Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has pledged continued support from the federal government to improve judges’ capacity for the “timely dispensation” of sexual and gender-based violence cases.

Mr. Malami spoke in Abuja during a two-day workshop on the use of practical instructions and guidelines in the trial of sexual and gender-based violence cases and ancillary procedures.

He said that the Federal Government would invest in technologies that were necessary to automate vital aspects of judicial operations and implement a digital justice administration system.

“The expectations are that the judiciary must innovate and grow with the times,” Mr. Malami said.

Part of this long-awaited innovation is to imbue dynamism in the application and adjudication of our laws and cases”, he said.

Women’s Affairs Minister Dame Pauline Tallen cited “available statistics” which she said show that in Nigeria alone, 30% of girls and women aged 15-49 were reported to have experienced sexual abuse. .

Accordingly, he asked judges to focus more on the “efficient and timely dispensation of SGBV cases.”

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mathias Schemale, and the Ambassador of the European Union in Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, identified the lack of access to justice and the delay in judicial processes as factors that hinder the fight against Sexual Violence. and Gender in Nigeria.

The workshop was organized for the judges to improve their knowledge about SGBV, with the aim of achieving the timely dispensation of the cases.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Edited by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor