Rape: FG launches Sexual Offenders’ Register for Convicts. •As Fayemi’s Wife blames rape scourge on lack of political will.

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As parts of efforts at reducing the incidents of rape, the Federal
Government has unveiled a Sexual Offenders’ Register where list of
convicted sexual offenders would be displayed.

This is just as the Wife of Ekiti State Governor; Erelu Bisi Fayemi
called for a State of Emergency on Sexual violence across the country.

Speaking at the 16 days of Activism to end Gender based violence and
Launch of the Offenders Register held in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, the
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social
Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that the opening of the
register would serve as a deterrent to men who find pleasure in
assaulting women and young girls.

According to the Hajiya Farouq, rape victims have been sent on early
marriage and child labour, this she said must be curbed to enhance an
egalitarian society.

Hajiya Umar Farouq commended NAPTIP for ensuring that the sexual
offenders register was put in place, saying it would help in exposing
culprits and deter the would-be culprits from such a crime.

The Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Fayemi, who was the moderator
at the occasion, said that the greatest challenge facing the fight
against sexual violence was lack of political will among leaders.

Erelu Fayemi called on the Federal and State Governments to
demonstrate enough political will if the war against sexual violence
would be won.

“We have a pandemic situation in our hands that is ravaging our cities
and villages. No woman is safe. We need to see this issue as a very
serious one. The political will should start from the leadership”, she
said.

She praised the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Ekiti
State, Mr. Wale Fapounda, for his commitment in fight against sexual
violence.

According to Mrs. Fayemi, Fapounda’s commitment made Ekiti the first
to open Sexual Offenders Register in the country.

In their remarks, the Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria and
ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen and a Nobel Peace Laureate, Laymah
Roberta Gbowee, said rape was a global phenomenon and not peculiar to
Nigeria.

The duo commended the Nigerian government for its efforts at ensuring
that rapists have no hiding place in the country.

Present at the event were the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Aminu
Muhammed, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, the Minister for
Sports and Youth Development, Tunji Dare and Director General, NAPTIP,
Dame Julie Okah-Donli, among others.

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