Adamawa: Gov. Fintiri signs VAPP Act, two others into law
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has signed three bills into law, Afraimu Jingi, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said in Yola on Monday.
The three laws are the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, establishment of the Adamawa State Environmental Protection Agency (ADSEPA), and Adamawa State Limitation of Actions Law.
Mr Jingi told a news conference that the VAPP law would prohibit all forms of violence against persons, provide maximum protection, remedies for victims and stiff punishment for sex offenders.
He said the VAPP bill, which the governor assented to on August 30, has 47 sections that include 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.
He said 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.
The commissioner of justice called on residents in the state to exploit the VAPP law by monitoring and promptly reporting all cases of violence to the appropriate authorities.
The ADSEPA law was aimed at protecting the environment which was facing degradation.
It is divided into five parts, with 37 sections which contain interpretation, composition, functions, finances, miscellaneous provisions, offences and power of the agency.
The 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.”
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