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Delta sets up special unit to prosecute rapists, others

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Delta State Governor, Okowa

THE Delta State government has set up a special unit to speedily handle rising cases of rape and domestic violence against women and children as well as prosecute offenders in the state.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor, who made the disclosure at the weekend in Asaba, said that the state was duty bound to protect its citizenry, including women and children from the menace.

The commissioner explained that the creation of the unit in the Department of Public Prosecution was to serve as a special prosecution line dedicated for rape and domestic violence, noting that the innovation was aimed at fast-tracking all rape-related cases and ensuring that offenders were promptly punished to serve as deterrent to others.

While charging female lawyers and other stakeholders to join government in the campaign, Mrakpor counselled victims to always report incidents to the police and be willing to testify before the court as prosecution witnesses, as their safety and protection during and after trials were guaranteed.

He warned legal officers against any form of corrupt practices, saying that any one caught in the web would be arrested, prosecuted and sacked.

The commissioner told workers to expect several changes in the operations of the ministry in line with international best practices in the days ahead as he was irrevocably committed to reorganising the ministry for efficiency and better service delivery.



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