By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Worried by the incessant cases of rape and other suxual violence in Oyo State, the State House of Assembly is set to make rape and sexual violence offences to attract death penalty or life imprisonment as the punishment.
The Speaker, Oyo state House of Assembly, Hon Debo Ogundoyin made this known in Ibadan while speaking at the annual Stakeholders Conference on Child’s Rights with the theme “Effect of COVID 19 on Child’s Labour and other Child’s Rights Violation” in commemoration of United Nations World Day against Child Labour, organised by Justice Development and Peace Commission, (JDPC).
Speaking through the Chairman Oyo state House of Assembly Committee on Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Hon Olawumi Oladeji , the Speaker stressed that lawmakers in the state are committed to making rape and other forms of violence against women in and across the state.
Towards this, she said Oyo State House of Assembly is presently working on some laws that will protect victims of rape and sexual violence by enhancing prosecution of offenders in and across Oyo, saying, it will no longer be business as usual for rapists and other perpetrators of sexual violence against women in the state. Honourable Oladeji maintained that the time has come for all and sundry particularly the stakeholders to rise up and join hands in the on going fight against rape and other forms of sexual violence against women in the society.
According to Honourable Oladeji, no fewer than four bills on the protection of women and children are presently at the advance stages in the Oyo state House of Assembly including the Child Sex Offences bill, Violence against Persons, Oyo state Offenders laws
Emphasizing that murder cases will no longer be a bailable offence as violence against persons prohibition law is on the way at the House of Assembly, Honourable Oladeji stated that the 8th and 9th Assembly under her leadership as the Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Inclusion ensured passage of the Child Law 2006, Violence against women Law of 2016. In his remarks, Oyo state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo declared that the state government is determined to end issues of rape, violence against women and other forms of crimes against humanity.
Represented by Barrister Mrs Awosemusi, Professor Oyewo tasked that all hands must be on the deck in the fight against rape, child abuse and violence. The JDPC Director in Ibadan, Rev Father Ezekiel Owoeye in his remarks charged stakeholders’to critically look at the effects of COVID 19 on Child labour and other child rights violation and come up with the needed solutions.
Represented by Mr Ayorinde Olanipekun, Rev Father Owoeye advocated for implementation of laws at curbing menace of rape and other sexual violence.
One of the speakers at the event and former Zonal Director of NAPTIP, Mr Joseph Famakin called on parents to protect their children against all forms of abuse.
Mr Famakin lamented that as at present, 16 states in Nigeria are yet to pass the child’s Right Law due to religious and cultural reasons in Nigeria , adding it is believed that the Presidency will make efforts to ensure that every state in the country will domesticate the child’s Right Law, to protect children and most importantly the girl children.