Tough times await offenders as Adamawa launches Sexual Offender Database

The Attorney General and commissioner of Justice of Adamawa State Afraimu K Jingi has in a historic event in Yola, Tuesday launched Sexual Offender Database (SOD) in order to ensure quick dispensation of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases in the state.

In his remark shortly after launching the database, Jingi said in line with the desire of the state to ensure violence free, peaceful and prosperous society, the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led state government signed the the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law on August 30, 2021.

The event was organized by the state ministry of justice and supported by the European Union Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC).

“I’m pleased to announce that full implementation of the VAPP law has started culminating in the launch of the sexual offenders database today.

“The sexual offender database was designed and created with support from the European Union Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme.

“Among the objectives of SOD is to have in place a register of convicted sexual offenders which will serve in the mean time as essential tool that will enable the public and the government agencies to have informed information about persons whose names are in the database,” he said.

He said the database will also give information about the number of times sexual offenders commit the crime adding with the database in place, there will be no hiding place for offenders as it is linked to the national register and can be accessed by all Nigerians so that offenders can be named and shamed.

He thanked EU RoLAC and all the stakeholders for their commitment which culminated in the launching of the SOD.

Jingi maintained the state government resolve to ensure violence free society for the good of all citizens.

Also speaking, the Adamawa State coordinator of RoLAC, Hapsat Abdullahi commended the ministry of justice for its doggedness in ensuring the VAPP law come to fruition in the state upon which the launch of SOD rests.

She particularly appreciated the commissioner for justice for his passion in providing access to justice for women in particular noting that such informed his commitment to ensure the signing of the VAPP law in the state.

Abdullahi said the launching of SOD will provide succour to survivors of sexual and gender based violence and will also serve as springboard upon which perpetrators will be brought to book.

She said with the launch of the database, Adamawa State has set a record of being among the few states in which the database is in operation adding that the feat indicated that the state is not only ready to prosecute cases of sexual and gender based violence but effectively monitor incidences of sexual and gender based violence.

She thanked the chief judge of the state for the creation of four special courts where only SGBV cases are adjudicated noting that such will ensure efficient and effective dispensation of SGVB in the state.

Abdullahi lauded the stakeholders for the robust synergy especially between the service providers and the justice actors.

Also commenting Adamawa State chief judge, Justice Nathan Musa lauded RoLAC for the epoch making event in the state noting that with the launch Adamawa has become a trail blazer in the north east.

Musa who was represented by Justice Hafsat Abdurrahman said the launching of the database will provide succour to the survivors of SGBV.

He urged investigation institutions to ensure diligent investigation for easy and speedy dispensation of justice for all and sundry.

Also speaking, the solicitor general of Adamawa State and permanent secretary ministry of justice, Samuel Yaomande said the launch of SOD becomes imperative in view of the preponderance of SGBV in the state.

He said the register will provide employers and all stakeholders with records of offenders so as to make informed decisions while employing staff adding that it will also avail the citizens with the identities of offenders so as to name and shame them.

He commended Adamawa State for being the first in the north east to launch the SOD.

Various stakeholders including representatives of traditional institution, CSOs, security agents, MDAs, MCN commended the ministry of justice and RoLAC for the launch of the SOD.

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