57 arrested for child labor, abuse in Niger
Fifty Seven people have been arrested for child labor, child abuse, unexplained withdrawal of children from school and criminal abduction of children in Niger state.
The Legal officer of the Niger state Ministry of Education, Barrister Fatima Mohammed disclosed this to The Nation Thursday.
According to her, 27 have been charged to court and have been convicted while the remaining 30 cases are still pending.
Fatima who is the Principal State Counsel in the state Ministry of Justice stated that most of the crimes were perpetuated by the parents of the children disclosing that only two are teachers.
She said that the crimes were committed in Agaie, Bida and Chanchaga local government area of the state.
The Legal Counsel stated the determination of the state Ministry of education to ensure that no child in the state is denied education especially with the passage of the Child Rights Act.
She then disclosed that the Ministry has set up mechanisms to put a stop of withdrawal of children from schools by parents without any cogent reason.