BREAKING: Minister Calls for Mobile Courts to Expedite Prosecution of Sexual Offenders

The Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, has advocated for the establishment of mobile courts to swiftly address cases involving sexual offenders.

Speaking at a conference of Commissioners of State Ministries of Women Affairs in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, Ohaneye emphasised the necessity of specialised courts to expedite the prosecution process.

The conference, organised by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Phase II Programme and funded by the European Union through the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), served as a platform for discussing pertinent issues related to women’s rights and justice.

Ohaneye further revealed that her ministry is collaborating with traditional leaders to raise awareness among their communities regarding the urgency of ending violence against women and children. Additionally, she announced plans to establish an integrity group tasked with overseeing funds and grants allocated to empower women.

Danladi Plang, Head of Programmes at International IDEA, highlighted the primary objectives of the conference, stating, “Victims of sexual violence face challenges in accessing justice. So, the first thing is to draw attention to some of the challenges they face.

And then the second one is also to present to them some of the opportunities that are available for them to make justice more accessible to these categories of people.”

The event aimed to shed light on the obstacles encountered by women, children, and persons with disabilities in Nigeria’s justice system.