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.