Edo to establish special courts for sexual, gender-based violence offences

Betsy Obaseki

Wife of Edo Governor, Besty Obaseki: says Edo will establish specialised courts for trial of sexual and gender-based violence offences

By Jethro Ibileke

Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Besty Obaseki has disclosed that specialised courts for the speedy and seamless trial of rape and other sexual and gender-based violence offences in the State.

She disclosed this while briefing journalists in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

Mrs. Obaseki who is the Chairperson of the State Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, reassured that the state government is committed to eliminating all forms of abuse and violence against women and girls, as well as children and persons with disabilities.

She added that the special courts will accelerate the process of justice delivery on cases of sexual and gender-based violence, ensuring more convictions to serve as deterrent to offenders and others who might have the intention of committing the same crimes.

Restating the government’s efforts at ending all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in the state, she reassured that special judges would be assigned to the courts.

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According to the Edo First Lady, “the Governor has assured of providing requisites to achieve this, including building of new courthouses and a special courthouse for gender-based violence, with special judges assigned to these courts.”

On his part, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said the state signed the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Bill into law to demonstrate its commitment to addressing gender-based violence.

He added: “We also launched a sexual offenders’ register which serves as a tool to shame all those persons who have been convicted in gender-based violence.

“We have linked our register with that of the national register. We are driven by the need to ensure that those who perpetrate gender-based violence are apprehended and made to face justice strictly.”

“Edo has also established the Sexual Assault Referral Centre which is named after a girl, Vivian Ogu, whose life was cut short by criminals who tried to rape her, years ago. Addressing the menace of sexual-based violence has to be holistic and thorough.”