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Criminals, social deviants don’t deserve to live among law abiding citizens – Delta Solicitor-General

Criminals, social deviants don’t deserve to live among law abiding citizens – Delta Solicitor-General

Worried by the rising rate of child defilement, rape, drug abuse, and illegal migration in the state and country, the Delta State Ministry of Justice has called for stakeholders’ support to curb the multifaced menace.

As the ministry said, it was doing its best to keep criminals and social deviants behind bars as they do not deserve to live among law-abiding citizens

“There are several cases wherein a biological father defiled and raped his girl child, some of whom are children between the ages of 5 and 10 years. It’s very sad!

“We’ve set up two special units to tackle illegal migration and sexual abuse. We must join hands together to win the war against drug abuse, illegal migration, rape, and sexual abuse. Rapists can no longer escape under the amended laws, said Omamuzo Erebe, Esq., the permanent secretary and solicitor-general of the ministry.

He spoke when he received, on a courtesy visit, Latimore Oghenesivbe, chief executive officer of the Delta State Orientation Bureau (DSOB) and executive assistant to the governor on communications.

He said that stakeholders at the local government, state, national and international levels should help curb the menace and other social vices

The permanent secretary noted that under the MORE agenda of the incumbent Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, the governor promised to introduce reforms and policies that would help curb the menace, but that stakeholders need to partner with the state government through the orientation bureau for the creation of massive awareness about the dangers and legal implications of human trafficking, rape and use of narcotics across the three senatorial districts

He advised the orientation bureau to intensify efforts on result-oriented strategic campaigns to reorient the minds of citizens, especially the youth population, on the dangers of social vices.

While commending Oghenesivbe on his new appointment as the bureau’s head, the solicitor-general expressed hope for greater results in the areas of effective sensitisation and far-reaching media campaigns against drug abuse, rape, and illegal migration in the state.

“As you sensitise the people, we shall continue to prosecute offenders and keep them away from responsible citizens,” he said.

Earlier, Oghenesivbe told Erebe that his visit was to familiarise himself with the solicitor general and his legal team in the ministry and to draw his attention to some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaging in the fight against drug abuse and other campaigns in the state without collaborating with the bureau.

Oghenesivbe assured that the bureau was willing and ready to partner with any ministry, department, or agency, as well as NGOs, but that it would be out of place for the bureau not to be involved in any kind of campaign, sensitisation programme, or exercise within the state.