By Victoria Ojeme
Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta., has called for the establishment and maintenance of a national sex offender’s register.
According to her, this has become necessary with the spike in sexual violence against women and children across the country.
Speaking during a courtesy by members of the Federal Government Girls College Old Girls Association, as part of the campaign to get justice for Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje, who allegedly suffered years of sexual abuse in her relative’s home, Ekpere-Eta insisted that Nigeria can successfully run a register for sex offenders if developing countries such as Jamaica, have done same.
Ekpere-Eta, who commended persons and organisations who have been involved in seeking justice for the late Ochanya, also praised the commitment of FGGC Old Girls Association in ensuring that a matter, which she said had led to unprecedented outcry, isn’t relegated to the background.
She reminded her guests that the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, condemned the molestation of Ochanya, adding that she is monitoring the case and will continue to advocate for a just outcome on the matter.
Ekpere-Eta called on the Inspector General of Police to treat the arrest and prosecution of Victor Ogbuja with the same priority given to kidnappers and armed robbers because Nigerians are angered by how much the little girl suffered before her death.
“The time has come for adults to ask kids the right questions and report suspected cases of child abuse, as there are many Ochanya’s suffering in silence. Kids should be taught how to avoid lewd adults, they should be educated on how to protect themselves and speak out once an adult takes inappropriate action around them, no matter the threats.”
Earlier in her speech, team leader of the FGGC Gboko Old Girls Association, Dr Ngozi Azodoh, stressed the need for relevant government agencies to support her association and other credible groups in the fight to ensure justice for Ochanya, who was a student of her alma-mater.