Jonathan Signs Anti-Violence, Immigration Bills Into Law

jonathan-signsTwo bills – Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) bill 2015 and the Immigration bill 2015 – earlier passed by the National Assembly, have been signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

With the presidential assent, the two bills have now become Acts.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed Mr. Jonathan had appended his signature to the bills to State House correspondents, on Monday.

The Senate passed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) bill 2015 on May 4.

The Act seeks to prohibit female circumcision or genital mutilation, forceful ejection from home and harmful widowhood practices.

It also prohibits abandoning of spouse, children and other dependents without sustenance, battery and harmful traditional practices.

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