Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Thursday, expressed readiness to inaugurate the Inter-Ministerial Gender-Based Violence Management Committee to address the rising cases of rape in the country.
The Committee, he said, would also reaffirm the policy of opposing bail applications and rejecting plea bargain proposals from perpetrators of rape and child defilement.
The committee is also to ensure that such convicted offenders do not get prerogative of mercy.
Malami said this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Umar Gwandu, on Thursday.
He said that the committee would comprise “functional and skilled officers drawn from” among others including, the Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
The committee will also include representatives of the National Human Rights Commission, the Nigerian Legal Aid Council, the Nigeria Police Force, and civil society organisations.