Overtime in Nigeria, there has not been a data base system that takes record of the number of people or offenders who have been convicted for sexual violence in the country. This has been a concern as the rate of sexual violence and offenders has hit its high in the various Nigeria society especially in the Northeastern parts of Nigeria.
In a bid to set up a database of people convicted for sexual violence in Nigeria, the Federal Government on Monday in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, launched its first national sexual offenders register in Abuja.
The “Sexual Offender Register” will contain the names of those prosecuted for sexual violence in Africa’s most populous nation since 2015 and is seen as a huge step towards clamping down on sexual abuse.
At the launch in Abuja, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, praised the initiative.
“The register will serve as a strategy to stop those engaged in violence against women,” she said.