#JusticeforUwa: Edo govt sets for Sex Offenders Register, reiterates zero tolerance to gender-based violence

#JusticeforUwa: Edo govt sets for Sex Offenders Register, reiterates zero tolerance to gender-based violence
From left: Director of Citizens Mediation Centre, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Felicia Monyei; Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omoregbe, and Director, Legal Drafting and Advisory Services, Ministry of Justice, Mr Solomon Ibhadon, throughout a press briefing, on the state Ministry of Justice, in Benin City, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

The Edo State Government has mentioned it’s working with consultants in domesticating a Sex Offenders Register, as a part of the federal government’s stance towards rape and different types of gender-based violence.

Chairperson, Edo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team (SGBV-RT), Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, who addressed journalists in Benin City, mentioned the state authorities stays dedicated to its zero-tolerance stance for any type of gender-based violence.

Prof. Yinka Omorogbe who can also be the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, famous, “I am hoping that in the coming months, after working with our consultants, we will be able to launch our own Edo State Sex Offenders Register, which is expected to be a live register to prevent manipulation.”

She mentioned, “I need to ship a message to the perpetrators on the market. We are coming for you. To all those that have the benefit of inflicting violence on their spouses, youngsters, and others, know today that your days are numbered.

“The full might of the Edo State Government and its entire people have been released against you. No more will, we keep silent; we are done hiding. We are done being ashamed. We will speak up against you and wherever you are; we are coming and justice will be served.”

The commissioner added that the Governor Obaseki-led administration is working tirelessly to make sure that acceptable measures are put in place to make sure that victims of gender-based violence can discover security and knowledge wanted to hunt redress and in addition to make sure that perpetrators are tried, convicted and punished.

While condemning the killing of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa, Omorogbe mentioned, “We will not condone such in our homes, schools, churches, mosques, and in our State. We refuse to let our daughters live in fear in their society.”

She decried the rise in gender-based violence, noting, “It is tragic that despite the law put in place, like the Child Right Law, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law and other relevant legislation outrightly condemning and criminalizing gender-based violence, including rape, there is still an alarming increase of such crimes in Edo State and Nigeria as a whole.”

According to her, the Edo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team has in place Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) in numerous authorities hospitals throughout the state to help victims of gender-based violence, which gives related providers starting from medical, psycho-social, investigative, authorized help without charge.

She urged victims of gender-based violence to talk out by reporting any type of sexual or gender-based violence, including, “There is a Citizens Rights Department on the Ministry of Justice, Ezoti, the place victims can confidently report all types of Sexual and Sexual-Based Violence and obtain required help without charge to them.

“Victims can call these numbers at any time of the day and they will receive a response on 09054628404 or 08145063810,” the commissioner added.


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