In a bid to stop incessant rape cases in the country, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has declared a state of emergency on rape, sexual and gender-based violence against women and children in the 36 States in the country.

Kayode Fayemi, the Chairman of the NGF made this known on Thursday, June 11, in a communique released after the forum’s 10th COVID-19 teleconference meeting held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

The group said that anyone found guilty of rape or sexual violence offenses will be severely punished. 

He added that the group has renewed its commitment to ensuring that offenders face the full weight of the law. 

According to the communique, the Governors agreed to “Declare a State of Emergency on Sexual and Gender-based Violence. Governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children and committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law. 

Call on State Governors that have not already domesticated relevant gender-based protection laws to domesticate the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, the Child Rights Act and the updated Penal Code to increase protection for women and children. 

Also to ensure speedy investigation and prosecution of perpetrators in addition to creating a sex offender register in each State to name and shame."


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