Gov. Bello Signs VAPP Bill into Law
Speaking on the signing of the bill, Abu Michael, on behalf of the VAPP Steering Committee for the signing of the bill, described the signing as a gift that the Governor has bequeathed to the people of Kogi State.
Mr. Abu was full of praises for the Secretary to Kogi State Government, Dr. Folashade Ayoade Arike, the Commissioner for Justice and all other top government functionaries that helped in drumming support for the signing of the bill.
Summary of VAPP Bill.
Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill is a Bill for a law to provide for the Elimination of Violence in Private and Public Life, Prohibition of All Forms of violence Against Persons, protection of victims and punishment of offenders in Kogi State and other matters connected therewith.
Similarly, the law looks at emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, forced isolation from family and friends.
The law equally looks at sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual intimidation.
The VAPP Bill also seeks to protect against violence in public sphare which includes wrongful arrest and detention, use of force without lawful authority, unlawful entry into premises or demolition of property without due processes.
The law seeks to protect against rape and defines rape as intentional penetration, without consent and when consent is obtained by force.
The law provides punishment for offenders, has already been signed into law by 32 States of the federation. With the signing of the bill by Kogi State Governor, only three states are left with the signing of the bill.
source: Nigerian post