A’Ibom jails 15 gender-based offenders

By Bassey Anthony, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State government says it has secured judgment against 15 persons convicted by the court for engaging in gender-based violence.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Women Affairs, Dr. Glory Edet said the 15 convicts are currently serving their time in prison.

She made the disclosure at the weekend during a one-day enlightenment campaign on gender-based violence at Ibom Hall, Uyo, the state capital.

She also accused some security agencies of setting free gender-based violence (GBV) offenders without charging them to court.

Edet said  the greatest challenge in the fight against (GBV) is that survivors and their families go behind to collect money from the defaulters and settle out of court.

She vowed to tackle all those who connive with (GBV) culprits to abort the efforts of the state government in combating crime.

“In view of the foregoing, let me use this forum and announce to everyone that over fifteen (15) judgements had been secured in the Court and offenders are serving different jail terms in prison.

“I, therefore, call on parents, care givers, teacher, school authorities, religious leaders, community leaders, traditional leaders, security agencies and all well meaning individuals to cooperate with the Ministry in fighting gender-based violence by speaking out so that we may have a violence-free society.

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