In News by stephen abiodun on the 19th, August, 2020

Plateau To Open Intercourse Offender Register – Governor Lalong

Governor Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has given a directive for the opening of a intercourse offender register.

Talking at a webinar on addressing sexual, gender-based violence and rape in Nigeria which was organised by Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Basis, the Plateau State Governor who regretted that the issue of sexual violence and rape has taken alarming and disgraceful dimensions in Nigeria, stated the intercourse offender register is geared toward guaranteeing extreme punishment for the perpetrators and in addition to serve as deterrent.

He stated;

‘One factor we take very critically as a authorities is the prosecution of rape and sexual offenders. Following improve in rape instances within the nation, I’ve directed the Lawyer Common and Commissioner for Justice to step up vigorous prosecution of offenders regardless of their standing.

‘Very quickly, we will open a Sexual Offenders Register the place the information of convicted offenders shall not solely be deposited, however their id made public in order that they’re named and shamed. I imagine that they’re those which can be entitled to stigmatization not their victims.’

Governor Lalong additionally directed the Plateau State Peace Company to step up engagements with communities on the risks of sexual and gender based mostly violence significantly throughout crises, whereas stating that sexual and gender-based violence finds incubation in battle areas the place most ladies and kids are on the receiving finish.

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