Nigeria now has a national sex offenders database


On Monday, November 25, 2019, Nigeria launched its online national Sexual Offender Register to help members of the public and security agencies conduct background checks and identify sex offenders.

“This is the first of its kind in Nigeria,” Beatrice Jedy-Agba, Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) reportedly said.

“It enables bodies such as schools and hospitals to conduct background checks and it will deter sex offenders because they will know their names will be published, affecting their employment and role in society.”

In 2015, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that one in four girls and one in 10 boys had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18 and an estimate of at least 2 million girls in Nigeria reportedly experience sexual abuse every year.

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Unfortunately, the majority of these cases go unreported as a result of social stigmatisation and victim blaming. This results in an increasing number of sexual abusers and repeat offenders….



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