BY FUNMI ADEKOYA-OJO
Stakeholders on Sexual and Gender Based Violence have called for effective implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law and Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
They made the call in Osogbo, Osun State at the Best Practice Roundtable on Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law and Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law (2015) was made to eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibit all forms of violence against persons and to provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishments of offenders.
The bill for Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) was enacted in 2013 and passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on May 14, 2015 which has been domesticated by 34 states including Osun State.
Also, the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2018 provides for the administration of criminal justice system which promotes efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of the society from crimes and protection of the rights and interest of the suspect, the defendant and victims in Nigeria.
Delivering a paper on Accelerating Best Practices on Administration of Criminal Justice Law and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, The Chief Magistrate, Administration, Osun State, Dr. Olusegun Ayilara said stakeholders must be intentional about their roles in seeking justice for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
“It’s just about the individual that are involved, the stakeholders who are the Lawyers, the Police, Judiciary must be intentional in making sure that they take out their own role in accelerating the implementation “.
The Executive Director, Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance, Mrs. Eni Ayeni advocated funding of one-stop Sexual Assault Referral Centers across states, monitoring framework for the implementation as well as setting up of special courts to try sexual and Gender Based Violence cases.
“If the laws are fully implemented, it will lead to the acceleration of cases and speedy justice delivery for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence”.
Also speaking, Mrs. Veronica Onoja, from Justice, Development and Peacemakers Center, Osogbo, noted that the increasing cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) is due to delay in getting justice, calling on relevant stakeholders to expedite action toward investigation and prosecution of such cases.
“It is very important for everybody to be on board for us to reduce or curtail the issue of SGBV”.
The Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law and Administration of Criminal Justice Law, for all its remarkable qualities, cannot accomplish all that it was created for without the necessary structures to aid in doing so.
The theme of the roundtable was “Towards Consolidating Advocacy for Effective Justice Delivering for Survivors of SGBV”.