Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has given a directive for the opening of a se.x offender register.
While speaking at a webinar addressing se.xual, gender-based violence and ra.pe in Nigeria which was organised by Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, the Governor who regretted that the problem of se.xual violence and ra.pe has taken alarming and disgraceful dimensions in Nigeria, said the se.x offender register is aimed at ensuring severe punishment for the perpetrators and also to serve as deterrent.
‘One thing we take very seriously as a government is the prosecution of ra.pe and se.xual offenders. Following increase in ra.pe cases in the country, I have directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to step up vigorous prosecution of offenders no matter their status.
‘Very soon, we shall open a se.xual Offenders Register where the data of convicted offenders shall not only be deposited, but their identity made public so that they are named and shamed. I believe that they are the ones that are entitled to stigmatization not their victims.’
Governor Lalong also directed the Plateau State Peace Agency to step up engagements with communities on the dangers of se.xual and gender based violence particularly during crises, while pointing out that se.xual and gender-based violence finds incubation in conflict areas where most women and children are at the receiving end.