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Kaduna launches digital sexual offenders register

Kaduna State Government has launched a Digital Sexual Offenders Database to expose the identities of offenders with a view to stem the scourge of rape.

The Deputy Governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe while launching the register in Kaduna explained that, the aim was to name, document and shame the offenders to serve as deterrent to others.

According to her, the state offenders register intends to expose the identities of abusers while the register and database will contain the full details of the offenders including their photographs and home addresses.

She noted that, the data would also be linked with the National Sex Offenders Database and will be updated regularly.

The deputy governor further revealed that, the initiative will be handled by a High level Multi Agency Task Team HIMAT comprising of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Human Services, security agencies, correctional centres, and NGOs.

Dr Balarabe expressed hope that the database would assist companies and schools with records of their prospective employees to ensure that sex offenders are not placed where they can use their positions to continue to destroy society.

According to Dr Balarabe, the State government has taken proactive steps to protect women, girls and boys from sexual related abuses in the state.

She said the state government initiated the amendment of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law (No.5) of 2017 and provided for stiffer punishment against rapists.

“The new Law, Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020, provides that men convicted of raping children under age 14 will have their testicles surgically removed, while women will have their fallopian tubes cut out”.

Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko described launching of the sex offenders database as the first of its kind in the history of Kaduna.

Aisha Dikko called for other states in the country adopt the approach of establishing a sex offenders database so that sex offenders will have nowhere to hide.

Reporting by Aminu Dalhatu; Editing by Muzha Kucha