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Minister seeks mobile court for sexual offenders

The Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, has called for the establishment of mobile courts to try sexual offenders, noting that having a special court…

The Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, has called for the establishment of mobile courts to try sexual offenders, noting that having a special court will fast-track the prosecution.

The minister stated this during a conference of Commissioners of State Ministries of Women Affairs in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

The conference was organised by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Phase II Programme and funded by the European Union through the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

Ohaneye said her ministry was engaging traditional rulers to educate their subjects on the need to end violence against women and children.

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She disclosed that the ministry would launch an integrity group to monitor funds and grants dedicated to empowering women.

Head of Programmes, International IDEA, Danladi Plang, said the conference was organised to bring to attention some of the key challenges that women, children and persons with disabilities in Nigeria faced in their quest for justice.

“Victims of sexual violence face challenges in accessing justice. So, the first thing is to draw attention to some of the challenges they face. And then the second one is also to present to them some of the opportunities that are available for them to make justice more accessible to these categories of people,” Plang said.

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