The Periscope Reporter
Adamawa’s Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has signed VAPP and two other bills into law.
Mr Afraimu Jingi, ADAMAWA State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, made the disclosure in Yola on Monday.
The three bills to laws, Jingi listed, are:
– The Establishment of Adamawa State Environmental Protection Agency (ADSEPA) Law
– Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law
-Adamawa State Limitation of Actions Law.
Jingi explained that the ADSEPA Law was aimed at protecting the environment, which was facing degradation from all fronts.
ADSEPA Law, Jingi added, is divided into five parts, with 37 sections that contained interpretation, composition, functions, finances, miscellaneous provisions, offences and power of the agency.
According to Jingi, the VAPP Law would prohibit all forms of violence against persons; provide maximum protection, remedies for victims and stiff punishment for offenders.
He said the VAPP Bill, which Governor Fintiri assented to on August 30, has 47 sections that include the provisions for compensation of victims.
Others are appointment of Protection Officers at the local sexual offender, database/register as well as registration and access to service providers
Jingi explained that Fintri enumerated kidnapping, rape, abandonment of children and spouse and other dependants without sustenance, forced isolation and separation from family and friends and harmful widowhood among others, as the most common forms of violence.
He called on all persons to exploit the VAPP Law by monitoring and promptly reporting all cases of violence against persons to the appropriate authorities.
“Limitations of Actions Law is designed to ensure that all claims are diligently and promptly presented and plaintiffs pursued with diligence to guarantee finality in litigation,’’ Jingi said.