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Rising Cases of Rape: Lagos Assembly wants strict implementation of laws

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Worried by the rising cases of rape cases in Lagos State and Nigeria, the State House of Assembly has called for strict implementation of rape laws, acceleration of rape cases in the courts, cancellation of stigmatization of rape victims and punishment of rapists.
Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1) along with 12 others during plenary on Monday 29th June, 2020 throw the  Motion No. 20 on the floor of the house during plenary session.
The Motion which  titled; “Need To Curb The Incident of Rape, Defilement of Minors and Other Sexual Abuses, stood on  the alarming rate of domestic violence, rape, defilement of minor and other sexual abuses, particularly Lagos State.
“We further note that some victims of sexual assault who were either children of less then twelve years, adult or aged female are left with their fate in the society while the culprits moved freely without fear of being apprehended and prosecuted,” the Motion read.
Macaulay stated further that the House was disturbed by the catalogues of sexual abuse cases reported daily in the media and the reactions of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), but concerned by the ordeals of victims of rape and related cases, which includes emotional trauma, shame, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and committing suicide for fear of social stigmatization.
The House, she said is “further disturbed that the weak enforcement of related laws, lack or education on how victims of the heinous act can seek redress, mistreatment of rape cars among others created an environment where sexual abuse is perpetrated with impunity and is also disturbed that only few offenders out of many reported rape cases were prosecuted and the culprits convicted.”
The House then called on Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to direct the judiciary to ensure that perpetrators of any form of rape and defilement of minors are prosecuted speedily and in line with extant laws of the State.
Sanwo-Olu was also ordered to direct the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Poverty Alleviation and Job Creation to ensure that the rights of every victim of sexual assault are protected through the Domestic Violence Agencies in the State.
“The Domestic And Sexual Violence Response Team in Lagos State and other relevant Agencies to adopt whistle blowing mechanism in the fight against domestic violence, especially rape and defilement of minors.
“The Commissioner for Information and Strategy to intensify efforts on the campaign against sexual abuses and sensitise members of the public to report any form of sexual assault to the appropriate authority in the state and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to ensure that offenders of domestic violence, including rape and defilement of minors are made to face full weight if the law,” the Motion added.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that we didn’t have to wait till someone is raped before we take actions.
Obasa added that the motion was meant to prevent rape either among adult or young ones, males and females.
He added that “we should look at morals. What are our religious institutions preaching. Most times, people are particular about survival than the welfare of our children.
“The laws and the prosecution have always been there. We need to look inward. What are the reasons and what are the things we need to do. How many of the cases are being reported, how many will the police handle. How can a three month or there year old child be left alone by her mother.
“We should question the psychological aspect of the matter. The judiciary should be called upon to accelerate any case that has to do with rape,” he said.
In his contributions, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) stated that the issue of rape was becoming a pandemic and that it is even more dangerous than COVID-19.
Olowo, who later recommended castration for rapists, said that parents, who conceal facts about rape should be punished.
“Our laws are not effectively implemented and a lot of rape victims later end up committing suicide.
“Our police are not well trained, some of them even collect bribes. Ladies should dress well and avoid some areas at night.
“There should be dedicated courts like tribunals to try such cases. Lagos State Electricity Board should also provide electricity in strategic areas at night,” he said.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) said in his contributions that the act of rape was condemnable generally.
He wondered why a man in his right senses would rape when he could go to commercial sex workers to satisfy his urge.
“Those who rape should be dealt with. Those who do it should be exposed to the whole world so that they could be dehumanized and stigmatized, and there should be a national book on rape. We should educate our people not to force their lovers into sex, and concealment is also a crime,” he stated.
Also speaking, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) said that there are statues that deal with rape decisively and that rape is a heinous crime.
Yishawu added that rape must be tackled with all the fibre in someone’s body and that parents  should not put their children in harm.
“Every adult, especially men is a potential rapist. Don’t leave your child in a room with a child. Every man or woman is a potential rapist.
“We need to strength our reporting. The police cannot handle everything. The Office Of Public Defender should be strengthened to handle rape cases. All these exist in our laws, but we must be careful and find other agencies of government that can aid the prosecution of rapists,” he said.
In his view, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade recalled that the House had amended the Lagos State Criminal Law to make rape attract life sentence.
Agunbiade stated that the only thing they did not add was death penalty.
“We have the highest penalty for the offence. But how many cases have attained that level of sentencing.
“The purpose of penalty of any law is to deter others from doing it. But how far have we gone on this.
“In Kano, a man was charged for raping a 5-year old girl, he was released and he continued to rape the girl. If we say life imprisonment for a rapist, that is for the state, but what of the victim of the offence. We should look at the remedy for the victims too.
“We should look at the shame aspect. Rapists should be exposed to members of the public. Part of the punishment should be community sentencing, where they would serve the community with a uniform to expose them as rapists.
“There should be speedy prosecution to facilitate quick judgment. We have had cases of a parent defiling his own daughter. We must do something fast, especially on parents who rape their daughters or stepdaughter.
“Others have been properly captured in our law, but the law should properly executed, ” he said.
This was corroborated by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who said that the rampancy of rape in the country was alarming and that it should concern all of us.
“In the past, rape was defined as having canal knowledge of a woman without her knowledge. But now, it is penetration of any body’s part or oral penetration of the part of anybody without his or her knowledge.
“All of these should be taught at home. Our children should be cautioned. We should look at rape shield critically. We should encourage victims to report and they should not be stigmatized,” he said.
Other contributors included Hon. Owolabi Ajani (Lagos Mainland 1), Hon. Rasheed Makinde (Ifako-Ijaiye 2) and Hon. Fatal Mojeed (Ibeju Lekki 1), while the Motion was supported by all the lawmakers through a voice vote supervised by the Speaker of the House.
House later adjourned sitting to Tuesday June 30, 2020.

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Lawmakers call on Sanwo-Olu to investigate viral video on LAWMA sweepers protest

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state to investigate those behind a viral video, where some sweepers working the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) were protesting the non-payment of their salaries.

This was contained in the Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 22 moved by Hon. Desmond Elliot (Surulere Constituency 1) along with other lawmakers during plenary on Monday 6th July.

The motion was entitled; “Need to Enhance Waste Management In Lagos State.”

Hon. Desmond Elliot stated that the House resolved to commend the efforts of the Lagos State government on waste management in the state.

Elliot stressed that the House condemned those behind the videos that went viral on the issue of non-payment of the salaries of sweepers by LAWMA and that the House called on the Governor and the Ministry of the Environment to look into it and bring the people behind it to book.

The House then called on Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of the state to direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, State Treasury Office, the Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Acting Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority and other relevant Agencies to expedite action on the payment of all outstanding allowances of the sweepers.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu should direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy in conjunction with the relevant agencies to sensitize members of the public on the need to dispose their refuse properly and the importance of having waste bin in their respective houses; and mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the immediate and remote causes of these irregularities in LAWMA with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.

While stating that the House was mindful of the modern technology means deployed by the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos, he said that the Governor should mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the activities of LAWMA to make their job more effective.

Elliot added that everything was going smoothly before COVID-19, and that with COVID-19, the state suffered a lot over IGRs.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that there was need to address the issues raised by the staff of LAWMA.

Obasa stated sweepers were employed to sweep Lagos State roads based on humanitarian gesture of the state government, which he said had the alternative of using mechanized ways of removing wastes in the state.

“The state can come up with mechanized ways of removing wastes. We also want to reduce crime, which was why we are doing the job manually.

“We should condemn those behind the video because there are many ways of making their grievances known. The issue started during the break out of COVID-19 and everybody was affected. Those behind the video should be brought to book. We should condemn those going to the media to embarrass the government.

“For those who played roles in the delay of the salaries of the sweepers, the committee could see how they could be held responsible,” he said.

In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) said that policing the canals and primary drainages in the state required more attention, and that the motion should be supported.

Hon. Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 2), in his comment, said that the matter should be investigated, but that the government should not stop the salaries of the sweepers in the process.

Also Speaking, Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland 1) said that Coronavirus pandemic restricted the efforts of the state government to deal with some issues.

Ajani said that the major challenge with wastes in the state had to do with plastic wastes.

“The roads are usually being flooded. We can monetize the plastic waste, and we can call on the Governor to look at this in a way that we can monetize plastic wastes,” he said.

Also contributing, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said that the viral video could not be ignored.

Yishawu then supported the resolve that the money of the staff should be paid.

He added that the sweepers were front line officials that worked during the lockdown, and that the matter should be investigated as suggested in the third leg of the resolve.

Some other lawmakers, who contributed to the motion included Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo 2), Hon. Olayiwola Sobur (Mushin 2), Hon. Temitope Adewale (Ifako/Ijaiye 1), Hon. Saka Solaja (Ikorodu 2) and Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja 1).

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11 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

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The suspension of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu by President Muhammadu Buhari has once again signalled the seriousness of the Federal Government in the fight against graft.

Recall that Mr Magu was arrested yeaterday in a gestapo manner, although his agency claimed he was invited by the Presidential panel investigating certain allegations levelled against him. There was also a report that the EFCC chief was detained at the villa till this morning.

As discussions continue on the reasons for his suspension, GidiNews decided to highlight some of the allegations brought against Mr Magu.

One of them is that Mr Magu has remained insubordinated to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice,Abubakar Malami and his office.

Another allegation is that, the embattled EFCC boss is in the act of favouring of some investigators called Magu Boys, which enjoy his support and protection regardless of situations.

He was also accused of seling some seized assets to his cronies, associates and friends, without recourse to the law or morality.

According to the the list of allegations, Magu does not also respect a court order to unfreeze a N7b judgment in favour of a former executive director of a bank.

Other allegations include:

Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds

  • Declaration of N539b as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
  • Not providing enough evidences for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke
  • Alleged late action on the investigation of P&ID leading to legal dispute
  • Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Navy
  • Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
  • Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases

Ibrahim Magu was appointed EFCC acting chairman on 9 November 2015.

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“We were never deceived by Iyaloja-General” – Computer Village Market Board Spokesman

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The computer village market board in Ikeja has debunked the report on the Iyaloja-General Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo deceiving traders in the hub, which appeared on some social networks.

The computer market board spokesman, Godwin Adezi urged media platforms to reject any fictitious stories concerned with the tussles in the market as the market is in the good hand of the Iyaloja and Babaloja officially installed by the Iyaloja-General of the Lagos state market board.

The market according to Mr Adezi has strong loyalty to their leaders led by the the Iyaloja-General and would not allow anyone or anything to tamper with that loyalty and support.

Adezi also highlighted some of the situations involved during the meeting held with Iyaloja and members of the computer village ikeja. According to him “During the installation of the market board in the market, the associations that were in existence had crisis at the court due to leadership tussles before the Iyaloja were installed by the Iyaloja general Folashade Tinubu Ojo, legally, the association tried to challenged the legality of the Iyaloja and Babaloja of the market,which lead to a stakeholder meeting at Folashade Tinubu ‘s residence.”

At the meeting held with Mrs Folasade-Ojo, some of the groups comprised of the Igbo leader groups, the association of computer traders, the community development association CDA and the market, expressed their concerned over the creation of the board, but Folashade was quick to respond on the fictitious news indicting her person over the request made to the traders demanding for #5m and also told them the CDA can not be in charge of the market since there is an existing board.

Earlier, computer traders led by Mr Timi Famoroti had a press conference accusing the Iyaloja general Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo of demanding for #5m from them, which was illegal but at the scheduled meeting Famoroti and his group spokesman were made to postrate and apologized to the general for character assassination, and were urged to conduct another media interview to rebuff the fake news over social media.

Chief (Mrs) Folasade-Ojo also called on all the groups to bring up a list of individuals that will be inaugurated under the existing market board led by the digital iyaloja Bisola Isokphi and Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, babaloja which the collation traders and the Igbo leaders agreed to present a sole list a soon as the resolution was made.

The digital hub market board which presently controlled by Bisola Isokphi as iyaloja and Mr Sola Adeniyi as babaloja cleared the air on the issue they were sent to collect money from traders by the general the traders, according to Soji “we were not sent to collect #5m from anyone as calmed by some people, so we called on the general public to reject any story of such as our Iyaloja general Folashade Tinubu Ojo is not a deciever as put by some unknown forces but an actualizer and a woman of peace, unity and love”, bisola also assured the traders that everyone will be carried along as the market board progresses”.

The Iyaloja-General told gidinews.com that she still awaits the reconcilation list of all the groups which is yet to get to her, before moving to the next level, so who is decieving who?

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