Senate demands death for rapists


The 9th Senate has resolved to punish rapists with the highest penalty in the country, with a specific focus on cases involving minors.

Speaking during Tuesday’s plenary in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, Senator Rose Okoh representing Cross River North district has raised a motion as a matter of urgent public importance on the alarming rate of rape of minors.

The lawmakers agreed that relevant laws in Nigeria need to be amended to reflect the heaviest punishments for rapists.

They also urge the state governments to domesticate the Child Rights Act and Violence Against Persons Act in their different states, as a means of bringing perpetrators to book.

They also demanded that reports of rape should also be sent to the Senate for prompt action, and that members of the police force should be specially trained to handle rape cases.


Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

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