Edo Assembly passes violence against person’s amendment bill

The Edo State of Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill for a law to repeal and replace the provisions of the Edo State Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law 2019.

The law would eliminate violence in public and private life, prohibit all forms violence against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment for offenders.

Leading the debate, leader of the , Assemblyman Henry Okhuarhobo said that violence against persons hardly saw the light of day the police stations.

He added that the bill would eliminate the vulnerability of those affected by restoring normalcy in both public and private life of the people in .

The deputy speaker, Mr Roland Asoro, said that the was repealing the provisions of the law to challenges associated with violence in public and private life of the people.

He said that in the 2019 law, prosecution of cases was only restricted to the Federal High Court in Abuja, thereby hampering speedy dispensation of justice which would now be addressed in the new law.

He stated that a committee was in to review all cases of abuse with a view to serving justice to victims.

The house, thereafter, dissolved into committee of the whole in a motion moved leader, Okhuarobho, and seconded Chief Whip, Mr Emma Okoduwa, to consider the bill.

Okhuarobo also moved for the suspension of house rules 20, 27, and rules 42 to 48.

The house following the consideration repealed the provisions of the violence against persons prohibition law 2019 and thereafter passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law 2021