The Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has signed an executive bill to officially open a register for all sex offenders in the state.
The register is expected to complement crime data register which is already in place in the state to make it easier for law enforcement agents to prosecute sexual offences, such as harassment, defilement of children and rape.
Speaking at the brief signing ceremony, Fashola said the executive order establishing the register makes it mandatory for such offences to be reported irrespective of the offender and the way the issue is settled.
According to him, “I will like to tell those perpetrating the act in these local governments-Alimosho, Kosofe, Agege and Oshodi-Isolo to desist now because we would be coming after them. We will combat these crimes so that they do not become big crimes in the state.”
The governor noted that the state’s capacity to deal with such criminals was being strengthened by the reforms in the high and magistrate courts in the state.