Domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Kwara State

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In 2015 under the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) Act was passed into law. This particular Act specifically mentioned Female Genital Mutilation as a criminal act.

Section 6 of the VAPP Act provides for a set of punishments for FGM. Some of these punishments include;

1. Anybody who performs or engages another to perform FGM on any person is liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 4 years or to a fine not exceeding N200,000 or to both.

2. Anybody who attempts, aids, abets, or incites another to carry out FGM is liable to a term not exceeding 2 years imprisonment or to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or to both.

Currently, the VAPP Act is not applicable in Kwara state. Under our system, a Federal Law cannot apply in a particular State unless and until it is domesticated in that particular State.

This lack of domestication of the VAPP Act by several States in Nigeria then brings us to an issue which happened in Kwara State, last year. This issue made global headlines. A facebook user from Kwara State publicly advertised for a free cutting of girls in Kwara State. This case we heard was duly reported to the police, but up till now he has not been arrested. One major reason, why we think that he has not yet been arrested and duly prosecuted is because of the fact that Kwara State presently has not taken steps to domesticate this Act.

We, the undersigned, call on the the Kwara State house of Assembly to Domesticate the VAPP act in kwara state.