Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has warned perpetrators of gender based violence and rapists inside the state, he additionally apologised to Bauchi women for mistakenly granting pardon to a rapist.
The governor read the Act on Tuesday night while he entertained members of the Bauchi State Action Committee on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, led by the governor’s spouse, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, who paid him an advocacy at Government House, Bauchi.
According to the governor, with the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act operational with in the state, every person found perpetrating gender violence or rape would be subjected to the provisions of the law.
He brought that his management will now no longer furnish pardon to the ones determined responsible of gender-primarily based totally violence and rape. This, he said, will function deterrent to others.
He stated that sexual and gender-based violence have become a scourge not only in the state but also across the country and expressed gratitude to the state House of Assembly for enacting the VAAP Act.
“I have listened with a lot of interest to the address of my dear wife on very important issues of violence against women, violence against the vulnerable. I think this is a very good initiative.
“I must once again thank the state House of Assembly for coming up with VAPP Law. This has become a scourge in Nigeria, not only in Bauchi,” Governor Mohammed said.
He noted with satisfaction that the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act has enumerated what is needed to be done to protect victims of sexual and gender based violence.
Apparently referring to a rapist caught last week who confessed to have been granted pardon by the state government for a similar offence for which he was convicted and sentenced to jail, Governor Mohammed apologise to the state womenfolk for the pardon granted unknowingly.
He assured that his administration will do everything possible to protect women and children in the state, declaring that his state will be in the forefront in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.