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The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015
     
 
FORMS OF PROHIBITED VIOLENCE
EXPLANATION
SANCTIONS A JUDGE MAY ORDER

Stalking

This refers to a pattern of behaviour consisting of repeated following, watching or harassing another person in an aggressive and often threatening manner. This is a form of abuse, which, unlike other offences, usually involves a series of actions that occur over a period of time.

Stalking refers to repeatedly watching, loitering outside of or near the building or place where such a person resides, works, carries on business, studies or happens to be; following, pursuing or accosting any person in a manner which induces fear or anxiety.

Harassment means engaging in a pattern of conduct that induces fear of harm or impairs the dignity of the person including stalking; repeatedly making phone calls or inducing another person to make telephone calls to a person, whether or not conversation ensues; and repeatedly sending, delivering or causing delivery of information such as letters, telegrams, packages, facsimiles, electronic mail, text messages or other objects to any person.

People who attempt to commit such act of violence; or incite; aid; abet; counsel; receive or assist another person in committing such act are also punished.
Imprisonment for 2 years or less depending on the cirmcumstances of each case; or a fine of less than ₦ 500,000 or both imprisonment and a fine.