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Special Courts To Prosecute Gender-based Violence Offenders In Edo State

The menace of rape and similar crimes has become worrisome in the country. Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, recently signed the Violence Against Persons Bill into law to demonstrate that the state is committed to addressing gender-based violence. The governor noted that Edo state has established the Sexual Assault Referral Centre and named in memory of Vivian Ogu, a girl whose life was abruptly taken some years ago by criminals in an attempt to rape her.

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Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, chairperson of the state Gender-Based Violence Management Committee said Edo State Government has concluded plans to establish specialised courts with special judges to speedily try cases of rape, and other sexual harassment crimes as well as gender-based violence offenses in the state. She is optimistic that the special courts will accelerate the process of justice, ensure more convictions, and serve as a deterrent to other potential offenders.

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