The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, signed a bill into law yesterday, which allows for the prosecution and jailing of any man who impregnates and deserts a woman.
The state’s Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Ade Ipaye, presented the bill among three other bills to the governor at the Government House, Ikeja, for his approval.
Other bills include amendments to provisions of the Emergency Management Agency, EMA, Law and the Criminal Justice Administration bill.
Fashola, while assenting the bills, said the various amendments to the laws were needed to tackle the problem of crime and delay in administration of justice in the state.
He said this was done to show the commitment of the state government to building strong institutions that could tackle crime and corruption, which had crippled the country. He added that the country needed strong legislation to fight corruption and moral laxity.
Fashola explained that the Criminal Code Law, used in the state before now was enacted in 1914 by the colonial masters, saying that such laws and their provisions had since become obsolete and could not address challenges posed by present realities.