The long awaited act on the Prohibition of Violence Against Persons (VAPP) was finally signed into law by Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.
The VAPP law will help in reducing gender-based violence by prohibiting all forms of violence against persons, that’s according to the state’s commissioner of justice, Barrister Afraimu Jingi.
Jingi while briefing newsmen in Yola said that the law will provide maximum protection, remedies for victims and stiffer punishment for offenders.
He said the VAPP bill which was assented to by the Governor on August 30, 2021, has forty seven sections which include provisions for compensation of victims.
Others according to the Justice Commissioner are appointment of protection officers at the local sexual offender database/register as well as registration and access to service providers.
He enumerated kidnapping, rape, abandonment of children, spouse and other dependants without sustenance, forced isolation and separation from family and friends and harmful widowhood among others as the most common forms of violence.
The Commissioner therefore called on all persons to utilize the VAPP law by monitoring and prompt reporting of all cases of violence against all persons to the appropriate authorities