A 2-year-old child identified as Abdullahi Rabiu, who was abandoned by his father after separating from the victim’s mother has been rescued by The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Barda Ajiwa town, Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, who confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday, Novemmber 10, warned parents and guardians to desist from any action or inaction that will lead to violation of the rights of any child saying, “Child neglect or abuse is a grave human rights violation that attracts severe punishment for any culprit”.
Earlier, the Katsina state Coordinator of NHRC, Barrister Adamu Umaru Kasimu had swung into action upon receiving a petition from the family’s neighbors. He visited the family compound immediately for the necessary investigations in line with the Commission’s mandate and Standing Order and Rules of Procedure (STORP).
While conducting investigations into the matter, the Coordinator found that the mother of the sick child was separated from the father and she has no money to take him to the hospital for medical treatment.
He gathered that the mother of the sick child had informed her estranged husband about the health condition of their son and he reportedly did not show any concern.