Senate Decries Suicide Rate, Seeks Heaviest Penalty For Rapists

Sen. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

The Senate has demanded the highest penalty for rapists in the country, with a specific focus on cases involving minors.

This was part of the resolutions reached during Tuesday’s plenary in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Senator Rose Okoh who represents Cross River North district has raised a motion as a matter of urgent public importance on the alarming rate of rape of minors.

In their various contributions, some senators decried how issues of rape were being handled by the police.

They, however, demanded that reports of such cases should also be sent to the Senate for prompt action.

The lawmakers agreed that relevant laws be amended to reflect the heaviest punishments for rapists, with the hope that it could serve as a deterrent.

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.

The Senate also raised concern over the rate of suicide in the country.

It, therefore, asked the Federal Government to ban the production, importation or circulation of a popular brand of insecticide.

According to the Red Chamber, people who intend to commit suicide use the product as one easy tool to achieve their purpose.

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