The Attorney General and commissioner of Justice of Adamawa State Afraimu K Jingi has in a historic event in Yola, Tuesday launched Sexual Offender Database (SOD) in order to ensure quick dispensation of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases in the state.
In his remark shortly after launching the database, Jingi said in line with the desire of the state to ensure violence free, peaceful and prosperous society, the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led state government signed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law on August 30, 2021.
The event was organized by the state ministry of justice and supported by the European Union Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC).
“I’m pleased to announce that full implementation of the VAPP law has started culminating in the launch of the sexual offenders database today.
“The sexual offender database was designed and created with support from the European Union Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme.
“Among the objectives of SOD is to have in place a register of convicted sexual offenders which will serve in the mean time as essential tool that will enable the public and the government agencies to have informed information about persons whose names are in the database,” he said.
He said the database will also give information about the number of times sexual offenders commit the crime adding with the database in place, there will be no hiding place for offenders as it is linked to the national register and can be accessed by all Nigerians so that offenders can be named and shamed.
He thanked EU RoLAC and all the stakeholders for their commitment which culminated in the launching of the SOD.
Jingi maintained the state government resolved to ensure violence free society for the good of all citizens.
Also speaking, the Adamawa State coordinator of RoLAC, Hapsat Abdullahi commended the ministry of justice for its doggedness in ensuring the VAPP law comes to fruition in the state upon which the launch of SOD rests.
She particularly appreciated the commissioner for justice for his passion in providing access to justice for women in particular noting that such informed his commitment to ensure the signing of the VAPP law in the state.
Abdullahi said the launching of SOD will provide succour to survivors of sexual and gender based violence and will also serve as springboard upon which perpetrators will be brought to book.
She said with the launch of the database, Adamawa State has set a record of being among the few states in which the database is in operation adding that the feat indicated that the state is not only ready to prosecute cases of sexual and gender based violence but effectively monitor incidences of sexual and gender based violence.
She thanked the chief judge of the state for the creation of four special courts where only SGBV cases are adjudicated noting that such will ensure efficient and effective dispensation of SGVB in the state.
Abdullahi lauded the stakeholders for the robust synergy especially between the service providers and the justice actors.
Also commenting Adamawa State chief judge, Justice Nathan Musa lauded RoLAC for the epoch making event in the state noting that with the launch, Adamawa has become a trail blazer in the north east.
Musa who was represented by Justice Hafsat Abdurrahman said the launching of the database will provide succour to the survivors of SGBV.
He urged investigation institutions to ensure diligent investigation for easy and speedy dispensation of justice for all and sundry.
Also speaking, the solicitor general of Adamawa State and permanent secretary ministry of justice, Samuel Yaomande said the launch of SOD becomes imperative in view of the preponderance of SGBV in the state.
He said the register will provide employers and all stakeholders with records of offenders so as to make informed decisions while employing staff adding that it will also avail the citizens with the identities of offenders so as to name and shame them.
He commended Adamawa State for being the first in the northeast to launch the SOD.
Various stakeholders including representatives of traditional institution, CSOs, security agents, MDAs, MCN commended the ministry of justice and RoLAC for the launch of the SOD.
Gunshots Disrupt NANS Convention In Abuja
Gunshots at the convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, on Friday, in Abuja, have injured many students.
Those injured are currently seeking medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
The convention which took place at the Old Parade Ground, was aimed at electing the new NANS executives to replace the outgoing ones being headed by Usman Barambu.
It was gathered that the shootings, which started on Thursday, continued on Friday at the venue of the convention, located close to the Defense Headquarters, Abuja.
The shootings were said to have started after thugs loyal to a particular candidate began attacking opposition delegates.
Some videos from the event seen by our reporter showed some students scampering for safety during the heavy shootings on Friday.
It was gathered that the shootings were brought to an end following the intervention of security agencies.
Israel Resumes Bombardment Of Gaza Despite Int’l Calls For Renewed Truce
Israel resumed its deadly bombardment of Gaza on Friday, saying it struck more than 200 targets in the densely inhabited Palestinian territory despite international calls for a renewed truce.
The Hamas-run health ministry said that at least 109 people had been killed in Gaza since the pause in hostilities expired in the morning and ground battles and Israel air strikes resumed.
Israel alleged that Hamas had attempted to break the truce even before it ended at 0500 GMT by firing a rocket and that it had failed to produce a list of hostages that could have been released on Friday in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
But both the United Nations chief and the White House called for the break in fighting to be restored, and UN agencies warned of a “catastrophic” humanitarian situation as bombs fell and hospitals again struggled to cope with the wounded after a week-long respite.
“We continue to work with Israel, Egypt, and Qatar on efforts to extend the humanitarian pause in Gaza,” a White House National Security Council spokesperson said after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken left Israel following diplomatic efforts to shore up the truce.
In a social media post, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “I deeply regret that military operations have started again in Gaza. I still hope that it will be possible to renew the pause that was established.”
Israeli rescue teams inspect the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem on November 30, 2023. Gunmen killed three people and wounded several more in Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli police said, in an attack shortly after a truce in the Israel-Hamas war was extended. Police said two suspects “implicated in the shootings were neutralised on the spot” after the attack near a bus stop on the western side of Jerusalem, where there are no checkpoints guarding the entrance to the city.
Under the truce, Hamas militants released hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, and greater aid flows into war-devastated Gaza.
But with explosions audible and a dark column of smoke rising over northern Gaza, Israel’s army said its warplanes were striking Hamas targets across the Palestinian territory and AFP journalists saw, and visited the aftermath, of several bombings.
“The healthcare service is on its knees,” Rob Holden, a World Health Organisation (WHO) senior emergency officer, told journalists in Geneva on a video link from Gaza as explosions were heard in the background. “It is like a horror movie.”
Israeli officials, however, took a tough line, insisting Hamas was to blame for the new eruption of fighting and vowing to destroy the Islamist movement.
“Unfortunately, Hamas decided to terminate the pause by failing to release all the kidnapped women,” Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy told reporters. “Having chosen to hold onto our women, Hamas will now take the mother of all thumpings.”
The Israeli military said: “Over the last few hours, ground, air and naval forces struck terror targets in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, including in Khan Yunis and Rafah.”
Combat resumed shortly after Israel’s army said it had intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza, the first from the territory since a missile launched minutes into the truce on November 24.
In Khan Yunis, a group of men chanted “God is greatest” as they rushed through the streets carrying a body wrapped in a white shroud. War has returned, even more fiercely”, Anas Abu Dagga, 22, told AFP.
On a bed at Khan Yunis’s Nasser hospital, a member of the same family, Amal Abu Dagga wept, her beige veil covered in blood.
“I don’t even know what happened to my children,” she said. Another relative, Jamil Abu Dagga, told AFP the family had been at home when the bombs started falling.
In Israel, sirens warning of potential missiles sounded in several communities near Gaza, and authorities said they were restarting security measures in the area including closing schools.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said fighting had restarted after Hamas violated the truce.
“The Government of Israel is committed to achieving the goals of the war: Releasing the hostages, eliminating Hamas and ensuring that Gaza never again constitutes a threat to the residents of Israel,” it said.
Despite the resumption of fighting, talks between Qatari and Egyptian mediators were “ongoing”, said a source briefed on the talks.
During the seven-day truce, Hamas freed 80 Israeli hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners, and more aid entered Gaza, where 1.7 million people are displaced and short of food, water and other essentials, according to the United Nations.
Twenty-five other hostages, mostly Thais, were also freed during the truce but outside the scope of its terms.
On Thursday, Washington’s top diplomat Antony Blinken, meeting Israeli and Palestinian officials, called for the truce to be extended, and warned any resumption of combat must protect Palestinian civilians.
Other world leaders, and aid groups, had also sought an extended pause in the fighting that began on October 7 when Hamas militants broke through Gaza’s militarised border into Israel.
During the unprecedented attack, Hamas killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped around 240, according to Israeli authorities.
In response, Israel vowed to eliminate Hamas and unleashed an air and ground military campaign in Gaza that the Hamas authorities who run Gaza say has killed more than 15,000 people, also mostly civilians.
On Thursday eight more Israeli hostages, some holding dual nationality, were released.
Not long after the hostages arrived in Israel, the country’s prison service said another 30 Palestinian prisoners — 23 minors and seven women — had been freed.
Hamas said it had also offered to hand over the bodies of a mother and her two sons — one of them a baby — in talks to extend the now-expired truce.
Shiri Bibas, her 10-month-old son Kfir and his four-year-old brother Ariel, along with their father Yarden, have become emblematic of the October 7 attacks due to the age of baby Kfir. Israeli officials refused to comment on Hamas’s “propaganda”.
The Israeli military published a map of “evacuation zones” in the Gaza Strip. The military said it would enable residents to “evacuate from specific places for their safety if required”.
Residents in multiple areas were sent SMS warnings on Friday.
Israeli forces “will begin a crushing military attack on your area of residence to eliminate the terrorist organisation Hamas,” the warnings said.
“Stay away from all military activity of every kind.”
APC, SDP Trade Blames Over Attack On Kogi REC’s Residence
The All Progressive Congress and the Social Democratic party have been trading blame over gunmen’s attack on the residence of the state Residence Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Gabriel Longpet in the early hours of Friday.
PUNCH reports that the gunmen had stormed the residence of the REC shooting sporadically.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, the APC campaign council pointed accusing fingers at the defeated governorship candidate of the Social Democratic party and called for his arrest and prosecution.
The Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Campaign Council, Kingsley Fanwo, said that Ajaka and his SDP supporters have shown enough evidence that they are violent and should be held responsible for what happened at the residence of the REC.
Fanwo stated that the attack was perpetrated days after it alerted the nation of the plans of SDP thugs to attack INEC, adding that “they have finally done their worst by attacking the residence of the Kogi State INEC Commissioner, engaging security agents in a fierce gun battle and eventually burning down some vehicles in the residence and the area.”
Fanwo said, “The same arsonists also had an attempt to burn down the Kogi State Government House foiled by our eagle-eye security agents. The same attempt was foiled at the State APC Secretariat in Lokoja.”
According to the APC, the SDP in the state and their collaborators are desperate to destroy some documents in INEC to cover the heist they committed in Kogi East where they allegedly killed APC supporters “and drove them out of collation centres to forge the results that were eventually trumped by the massive votes of Kogites for the Governor-Elect.”
The Campaign Council alleged that the SDP candidate and his collaborators were attempting to corrupt certain documents in INEC before handing them to their legal team.
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party denied any involvement in the attack on the REC’s resident
A statement issued on Friday in Lokoja by the Director, New Media, Muri/ Sam Campaign Organisation, David Ijele, stated, “We strongly condemn the assassination attempt on the INEC Resident Commissioner for Kogi state, Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, which took place in Lokoja at approximately 2:00 am this morning, December 1st, 2023.
According to him, “Election should not be treated as a war, nor should it be a matter of life and death. If the election was won fairly and transparently, then the legal process should be allowed to run its course without interference. However, it is unacceptable for thugs, in their high numbers yesterday, to be subject to fake protests, insisting that, on no account should forensic teams not be allowed to do their jobs”.
“We are grateful for the timely intervention of the Army, as the man and his family could have been wiped out overnight. The attackers also burnt his vehicles and took other valuables. This kind of behavior is not acceptable in a democratic society,” he added.
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