Following the Biodun Fatoyinbo rape saga, the concern over the increasing number of sexual abuse, has seen Nigerian lawmakers push for a death sentence for rape.
At the plenary on Tuesday after a week of rape allegations against senior religious clerics, Senator George Sekibo of Rivers State in his contribution to the motion on “Sexual abuse in Nigeria: a growing scourge”, sponsored by Rose Oko and 10 other senators, pushed for a review of the Nigerian law on rape.
“We should review our laws and make it a death penalty and by the time we kill one or two persons, those who are raping will control that thing that is making them to rape,” He said
The lawmaker from Rivers State who called for death sentences for perpetrators of the act, also blamed the government for failing to implement penalties for rape crimes.
“If a man commits sexual abuse on a six-month old baby, it is criminal. That person ought to be killed not to be sentenced. It has been happening in this country and perpetrators are not punished. Are there no laws? don’t we have departments of governments that are handling these laws?
“No religions accepts that. We should either review our laws and make it a death penalty and by the time we kill one or two persons, those who are raping will control that thing that is making them to rape.
“The problem is, when issues are reported, people take it for granted. Parents may be poor people who may not be able to push the matter to a higher level and then the matters will die there.
“My appeal is, when an abuse takes place, let the parents report and if they can, run to the Senate. If the police cannot handle it, I’m sure the Senate through its committees will address the issue,” he said.
Senator Dino Melaye in his contribution, raised an alarm over corruption in the country that allows rapists get away even though the act is not only evil but “satanic, nefarious, barbaric and outrageously wicked”.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu who in her remark stated that nothing has been done to address the issue of rape, maintained that children are the most vulnerable groups and don’t even understand the meaning of sex.
The Senate committees on Judiciary, Police Affairs, Women and Social Development (when constituted), have been directed to seek ways of improving implementation of all legislation and policies aimed at protecting minors from rapists and other forms of violence.
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