Written by on November 26, 2019

Nigeria has launched its first national sexual offenders database of those convicted for sexual violence in a bid to clamp down on abuse.

Nigeria minister for humanitarian affairs, Sadiya Farouq, at the launch in the capital, Abuja, said the register will serve as a strategy to stop those engaged in violence against women.

The “Sexual Offender Register” will contain the names of all those prosecuted for sexual violence in the country since 2015.

The register is managed by Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking Persons and is funded mainly by the European Union.

The record will be available online to better help the public, state bodies and police conduct background checks and identify repeat offenders.

Suspects who are cleared will also be recorded in a part of the register only available to law enforcement agencies.

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