The First ever National Sex Offenders Register has been Launched In Nigeria.This is a laudable move by NAPTIP towards clamping down sexual abuse in Nigeria and the first to be seen in the country.
The Sex Offenders Register is a database of those convicted of sexual violence and to also help in the efforts to tackle violence against women.
It contains the names of all those persecuted for sexual violence since 2015.The launch took place on Monday 25th November 2019 in Abuja.At the launch, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq said that the register will serve as a strategy to stop those engaged in violence against women.
The idea was born out of the several complains received from citizens who are unpleased with how sexual offenders escape justice after they have been caught and the justice system became completely unreliable with such cases. The Sex Offender register is to help curb the menace.
The register will be available online for the public, state bodies and the police to assess at will but the suspects that have had their name cleared from the crime will be recorded in another part of the register which will be available to Law Enforcement Agencies only.
15 NGOs have been set up to monitor both the police and the media reports across the country with a monthly update.
Celebrity Photographer and wife to the talented musician Timi Dakolo, Busola Dakolo who had earlier in the year accused Coza Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo of rape reacted to the news of the Sexual Offenders Register launch in Nigeria.
“Today marks the beginning of the 16days of Activism against violence against women and also a day when National Sexual Offenders Register is being launched by NAPTIP with the support of the European Union.”According to the United Nations Children Agency, one in four Nigerian women are sexually abused before age 18 and the majority of the cases are not persecuted.
In Nigeria, out of 36 states, Lagos and Ekiti are the only two states with a database of convicted sexual offences.
This is definitely a welcome development and we hope that it will serve as a useful tool that will affect the different ways the society is trying to eradicate sexual violence especially against women.
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