With the increased reports on rape in the country in recent times, the senate on Tuesday passed some resolutions that will assure stronger sanctions for anyone found guilty of rape.
The motion was raised as one of urgent public importance by Sen. Rose Oko, member representing Cross river North (PDP), titled “Rising incidence of rape of minors”.
The New Agency of Nigeria reports that the senate directed its committees on Judiciary, Police Affairs, Women Affairs and Social Development, when reconstituted, to interface with relevant stakeholders to strategise on implementation of all legislations and policies aimed at protecting minors from rapists and other forms of violence. As well as reviewing relevant legislations with a view to providing stiffer penalties against sexual abuse of minors in the country.
The senate while in session further urged security operatives to conduct mandatory training for officers in dealing with rape cases and young victims of abuse.
The judiciary was also advised to establish a national sentencing framework for child sexual abuse cases and all other forms of child abuse.
State governments are also urged to domesticate and implement the Child Rights Act and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015, to curb the issues of sexual abuse of minors.
The public is also not left out as they have been urged to continue being watchdogs against this menace.
Senator Rose Oko brought the motion through Orders 42 and 52 of the senate rule, citing that six out of every 10 Nigerians were raped daily.
She noted the shocking rape story of a six-month old baby in Kano and other cases of students being raped by their teachers and lecturers in the nation’s institutions were issues of concern to the parliament.
Contributing, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, member representing Lagos Central (APC) also described rape of minors as extreme wickedness and called for imposition of death sentence on offenders.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, member representing Delta Central, (APC), noted that the country had sufficient laws on rape but lacked the will power to enforce such laws.
He therefore called on the Red Chamber to review the existing laws.
Credit : News Agency of Nigeria