While Lagos State Government has achieved a milestone of being the first state to open a database for all sex-offenders, the state has also revealed that it is currently prosecuting suspected 113 rapists at the High Court in the state, even as Governor Babatunde Fashola laments rising cases of rape in the state.
This was disclosed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye on Monday at the signing of the bill on Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management into law and the Signing of Executive Order to Establish Sex Offenders Register at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
According to Ipaye, four local governments-Alimosho, Kosofe, Agege and Oshodi-Isolo have been identified as the councils with the highest cases of sexual and gender-based violence, in the state.
“We have monitored 113 sexual violence cases currently at the High Court. The team is working actively to ensure prompt prosecution of these cases. The major aim of the Sex Offenders Monitoring Programme and the Mandated Reporter policy is to reduce repeat cases by providing names and personal details of convicted sex offenders in the state to a central database.
“The database will be accessible to individuals and organizations that need information. For example, school proprietors who want to recruit can access this register as a form of background check.
“The Mandated Reporter policy will make it compulsory for all State School Administrators, Counsellors, Teachers, Social Welfare Officers and any other official of the state government having any dealings with children to report any suspected or actual child abuse or neglect to the Attorney-General’s office,” he said.
Ipaye added: “It is envisaged that the Lagos State Sex Offenders Register will be open and maintained by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in partnership with the Lagos State Judiciary, the Nigerian Prisons and the Nigerian Police.”