Perpetrators of female Genital Mutilation in Edo to get life imprisonment

Perpetrators of female Genital Mutilation in Edo to get life imprisonment

Perpetrators of female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Edo State are now to bag life imprisonment. This is contained in Violence Against Persons Bill which was into Law by the State governor, Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday. Under the law, which seeks to address all forms of violence and protect vulnerable persons in society, wife beaters risk

Perpetrators of female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Edo State are now to bag life imprisonment.

This is contained in Violence Against Persons Bill which was into Law by the State governor, Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday.

Under the law, which seeks to address all forms of violence and protect vulnerable persons in society, wife beaters risk two years imprisonment.

The Governor signed the bill in Government House, Benin City in the presence of his his wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu and his wife as well as other Commissioners.

He said he was aware that the bill touches on fundamental practices among the people.

Obaseki assured that he was not only signing the bill as a formality, but will ensure it is implemented to the letter.

“We will not stop here by just signing the bill into law, but will commence the much difficult work of implementing it to the  letter. 

“It must be noted that this bill has been in consideration for over six to eight years.

“But the time has come for us to have a law like this VAP Law, to protect the most vulnerable and weak in our society.

“As a government, we have aligned with the Federation of Women Lawyer (FIDA)’s purpose and objective and therefore have no hesitation in signing the bill into law,” he said.

Addressing the professional groups against violence against women, the governor commended campaigners  and stressed that the time to change the way society responds to violence against the weak has come.

He said his administration was not afraid of change and will embrace it to the fullest.

The Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Hon. Kabiru Adjoto, told the governor that the newly signed VAP law will eliminate violence in private and public life.

According to him, “This bill prohibits violence against all persons and provides maximum protection and effective remedy for victims and punishment for offenders and other related matters,” he said.

He said: ‘Female genital mutilation now attracts life imprisonment without an option of fine”.

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