Concerned about the incessant cases of rape of minors across the country, the Nigerian Senate moved on Tuesday to formulate laws that would make the perpetrators face the death penalty.
After moving the motion to orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rules, Sen. Rose Oko, representing the senatorial district of Cross River North, explained that victims of child rapes have increased, a situation she said was worrisome, He urged the upper house to intervene.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I rise by order 42 and 52 of the Senate’s rules to explain an alarming issue of child rape, Mr. President, I want to say that this issue is alarming and we have to deal with that.”
Reacting, the senator representing the central senatorial district of Lagos, Oluremi Tinubu, said on Tuesday that those who abuse minors deserve the death penalty.
Tinubu wondered what perpetrators could benefit from such atrocious acts, adding that “raping a child is synonymous with killing that child.”
“Imagine a child who knows nothing and is raped.” If you ask the child victim to appear in Court, what would you say to the judge?
To corroborate, Senator Sabi Abdulahi, who represents Niger North, argued that the Senate should intervene by imposing harsher penalties on the perpetrators.
The vice president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, declared that there were enough rape laws and that the challenges were those of implementation and implementation.
According to him, the judges of the Court may have too much discretion, and say that the Senate should review these laws to tie their hands in such a way that they would be forced to pass judgment without deciding otherwise.
“The judges have too much discretion. Even governors also have the prerogative of mercy when they visit prison yards and release inmates. ”
In his contribution, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representative of the senatorial district of Enugu North, requested a psychiatric test to the perpetrators of child abuse.
The legislator added that the school curriculum should also capture sex education from the elementary level to higher institutions.
Adopting the motion, the president of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan held the prayers and also upheld the review of all relevant laws that would guarantee the death penalty for child abuse offenders.
Part of the taxpayers was also the training of the police and other security agents who handle rape cases, while also urging the public to act as guardians against the rape.