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Edo State government has launched it first ever Sex Offenders’ Register.
The inauguration, which was done on Wednesday by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki charged prosecutors to ‘prioritise’ all cases of ‘sexual’ and ‘Gender-based violence’ (SGBV) in the state.
Obaseki also launched the Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC) in Benin City.
The government named it after Vivian Ogu, a 14-year-old girl who was murdered by armed robbers after she resisted their attempts to rape her.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday in the state, Obaseki said the register will address the incidence of sexual violence in the state by naming and shaming rapists and those who commit other forms of gender-based crimes.
The new inauguration means that the government can add sexual offenders in a sex offenders list.