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Jigawa Sign Law to Regulate Social Media

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Muhammad Garba

Jigawa State Government has signed a law to tackle social media, cyber and other digital crimes against the state or individuals.

The Attorney General and State Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Musa Adamu revealed this in his office on Wednesday while giving a brief overview of the recent law signed by the state Governor on Violence Against Persons Prohibition.

He said the new law also stipulated punishment on any digital crimes perpetuated against individual, group of people or state.

According to him, before now, there was no adequate law to deal with digital crimes in the state which made it very difficult for judges to treat any related cases.

Dr. Aliyu however revealed that, the new law on Violence Against Persons is designed to give maximum protection to vulnerable members of the society and other crimes emerged from digital era.

“Under the new law, anybody found guilty of rape case or kidnapping, the punishment would be death sentence or life imprisonment with no third option.”

“Also, any body found guilty on political thuggery or sponsoring it, will face not less than 6 months to four years imprisonment.”

“The law also ban the use of vulgar language, nudist pictures video or any public digital display in the name of advertisements.”

The Attorney General than called on Media and Civil Societies Organizations to be watch dogs for the implementation of the law and ensure nobody used his influence to compromise the law particularly on rape cases.

On their side, the Jigawa Coalition for Violence Against Persons promised to give all necessary support to ensure the new law work for maximum protection to children, women and other persons in the society.

The Chairman of the coalition, Comrade Lawan Ya” u added that, they would continue engaging with all stakeholders to ensure no personal prejudice is allowed to compromise the law.

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