Kaduna Woman Who Set 8-year-old Daughter On Fire Granted Bail .Survivor Responding To Treatment .Govt May Takeover Her Two Other Siblings
Magistrate Court, Taiwo road, Kaduna North Local Government area of Kaduna State on Monday granted 37-year-old woman, Vivian Kalu who set her 8-year-old daughter on fire for disregarding her order.
The incident had happened at Goni-Gora, a fast growing community in Chikun Local Government area of the state on Wednesday December 12, 2018 but attracted 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, she regained her freedom after meeting the 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.
The case had been adjourned to January 18, 2019 for further hearing.
The 8-year-old girl is responding to treatment at emergency unit of a specialist hospital in Kaduna.
It is important to add that, there are several laws in place in Kaduna 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 Kaduna 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 was passed into law and now await El-Rufai’s approval for gazzet by the Attorney General of the State.
Meanwhile, the state government may takeover custody of two other children as they may not longer safe around their mother, a credible government’s official said.