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POCACOV hails passage of sexual harassment bill by Senate; urges end to recidivism by corrected inmates

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The Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) has said the passage of the sexual harassment bill by the Senate will ensure the safety of students of tertiary institutions in the country and in line with the advocacy of the campaign.

This commendation was made by the National Coordinator Police Campaign Against Cultism and other Vices (POCACOV) CSP Ebere Amaraizu.

Amaraizu said “this is a positive development and from positive direction noting that the bill is a clear demonstration of Senators sensitivity on the issue of Sexual and Gender Based Violence as it affects our children/Youths”.

,”Pocacov Salute in a special way  the efforts of the Distinguished Senate President,Deputy Senate President of the Senate and the committee on Judiciary,Human Rights and Legal Matters” he said.

The POCACOV National Coordinator requested that relevant stakeholders at all level should join hands in the campaign against the deadly monster which poses a great danger to the society.

”On our part as a campaign body, the IGP MA Adamu Pocacov Resource Centre Enugu has developed a module for smooth operation of Pocacov Volunteer Clubs in all our Campuses and Communities for the actualization of Safe School/Community Partnership for a safe and secured Nation”.

Pocacov is a  new direction and Community Policing tool of the Nigeria  Police Force which is community driven and working with different stakeholders in line with the tenets of the community oriented policing.

Recall that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan while Speaking on the bill passed by the upper chamber, said, “this is a very important and landmark legislation that the Ninth Senate has passed.”

Earlier, before the passage of the bill, the Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, in his presentation said the piece of legislation “attracted unprecedented support from not only Distinguished Senators as demonstrated by the 106 Senators that Co-sponsored the bill but an overwhelming number of Nigerians who see the bill as a necessary legislative intervention that will bring sanity and good order to the educator-student relationship in our tertiary institutions.

Lawmakers during the clause by clause consideration of the bill, however differed on the retention of clause seven in the bill.

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege who proposed an amendment to clause 7, argued that it was unnecessary for the prosecution to prove the intention of the accused person or the condition under which the act of sexual harassment was carried out.

The lawmakers while voting on clause seven, voted for its retention as contained in the bill and recommended by the Committee.

The clause provides for strict liability which makes it necessary for prosecutors to prove the intention of the accused, as well as the condition under which the act of sexual harassment was carried out. 

Meanwhile, the IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu POCACOV Resource Centre, Enugu has commenced the development of Modules aimed at discouraging recidivism amongst corrected and released inmates from correction centres.

The new plan was disclosed by the National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices(POCACOV) CSP Ebere Amaraizu while fielding questions on the modalities put in place for Re-Orientation, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration Programmes.

Amaraizu said; “POCACOV is developing Modules that will help to ensure that corrected and released persons from various correction centres accross the country do not go into a situation of recidivism having been released and go back to the centres.

To mitigate this, POCACOV intend to make use of POCACOV VOLUNTEER CLUB of the safer school/community partnership to achieve this.”

Speaking further, Amaraizu stated that; “IGP M.A POCACOV Resource Centre, Enugu is developing a module which will bring about the partnership between POCACOV and ministry of interior affairs, correctional service and other relevant stakeholders to discourage stigmatization and recidivism of corrected and released persons.

“To this end, POCACOV will be ready to work in partnership with relevant stakeholders on the post release programme of corrected persons from the correction centres and for a better society.

“The involvements of the corrected and released persons from the correction centres with POCACOV Volunteer Club members will not only help in giving leadership direction to them but help to ensure that they don’t succumb to various environmental pressures that will bring about their getting involved in crime and criminality again,” he said,

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