Nigeria's House of Representatives In A Plenary

Lawmakers oppose castration of rapists as Lagos affirms zero-tolerance of sexual violence

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the growing reports of sexual violence and gruesome deaths in the Nigerian society in recent times, the House of Representatives in Abuja, FCT, has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration as punishment for rapists.

ConsumerConnect reports that the House Thursday, June 4 at its plenary rejected the motion which was earlier recommended by Hon. James Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives.

Hon. Faleke had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

The Federal legislators have mandated the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to immediately begin an investigation into the cases of especially late Uwa Omozuwa, Tina Ezekwe, the reported rape of a minor in Jigawa State, and all other reported cases of violence against women in the country.

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, described the rise in these cases as a sickening, despicable and ungodly act which cuts across all genders.

The Lower House of the National Assembly (NASS) was reacting to a motion of urgent public importance by Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye on the pressing need to condemn the increasing cases of sexual violence and other social vices against women and Police brutality.

The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to launch a more effective campaign against rape and other violence against women and girls.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has restated its zero-tolerance stance against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, including rape, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Referencing the over 90 convictions of sexual offences secured across the state in 2019, the state government in a communiqué Wednesday, June 3, stated that such inhumane acts would not be tolerated.

The state will continue to ensure that the full arm of the law is unleashed on any offender, noted the circular.

Ms. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Coordinator for the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, has urged anyone who experienced either domestic or sexual violence to reach out to the response team via 0906-288-7844 or dial * 6820# to report.

Vivour-Adeniyi urged all who are victims of these crimes to be strong, saying, “we believe you…. You are not alone… There is Hope. #Justice for all survivors.”

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