Rape: Senate directs law review for stiffer penalties


Rape: Senate directs law review for stiffer penalties

By Kingsley Okoye

The Senate on Tuesday passed some resolutions to review relevant laws that will provide for stiffer sanctions for perpetrators of rape in the country.

The decision of the senate followed a motion of urgent public importance, sponsored by Sen. Rose Oko (PDP-Cross River North), titled “Rising incidence of rape of minors”.

The senate also 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.

The senate also directed the committees to review relevant legislations with a view to providing stiffer penalties against sexual abuse of minors in the country.

It further urged the Police and other law enforcement agencies to conduct mandatory training for officers in dealing with rape…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria