Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has assured that the police would ensure full implementation of the Violence against Persons Act which has been passed by the National Assembly, stressing that offenders would be appropriately prosecuted.
Arase made the promise at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday when he met with stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence and violence against persons.
The meeting was attended by representative of the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, the director, Women & Gender Affairs, the chief magistrate of the Federal Capital Territory judiciary, the deputy country representative – UN Women.
IGP Arase confirmed to his guests that a technical team was already in place to look into all cultural inhibitions against proper prosecution of offenders in this regard.
The police chief revealed further that the force had commenced the training of officers billed for gender-based violence desks on diverse courses, with an e-library to be launched in December 2015 to equip lawyers for proper discharge of their functions.
In their response, the visitors unanimously agreed for a definite collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force on a common front to fight the offence of gender-based violence and violence against persons, and to ensure the public as well as security agencies appreciate the rights of persons.

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