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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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JANDOR UNLEASHES TERROR ON INNOCENT LAGOSIANS.

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The Apc lagos state chapter have have called on security agency to check mate and bring to book the unscruptilous activities of the pdp governorship candidate Mr Adediran Olajide popularly know as jandor on the citizen of lagos state as he campaigned across the state .

The spokeman of Apc , hon seye oladejo in a press release made avsilable to gidinews .com ststed that :

Our attention has been drawn to the reign of terror unleashed on innocent and law abiding citizens of Lagos state by the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming national elections, Jide Adediran, otherwise known as Jandor in the course of his campaign in Surulere Local Government Council of the state.
The incident left in its wake several maimed victims and three people reportedly sent to their untimely death.
We condemn in strong terms the unwarranted and unprovoked resort to violence on the citizens of the state in the name of electioneering campaign.
Lagos cherishes it’s enviable status as the safest state in the country which has been as a result of long running and painstaking investment in security through the provision of the wherewithal and incentives for security agencies.
We view this attack as a ploy to instill fear in the hearts of voters as we count down to the elections.
It’s pathetic to note that a candidate seeking to govern the state could be seen actively promoting anarchy and violence to disrupt the peace of the citizens.
It will be recalled that the suspect has been busy in the past days crying wolves in the media as he perfected his evil plans which manifested at his rally.
While we can imagine the untold misery and frustration that his faltering campaign might have visited on him, it ought not to result in the thirst for the blood potential voters.
We hereby call on the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident , bring the culprits to book and beef security across the state with the obvious desperation of the opposition PDP in order to forestall a reoccurrence.
We urge Lagosians to remain calm and law abiding as the state government remains irrevocably committed to its onerous duty of ensuring the safety of lives and properties of all and sundry.

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RELIGIOUS CLERGY in Ajeronmi ifelodun Endorsed PDP HON RITA ORJI …

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….Offer Prayers for her .

The clergies of the Mission street Islamic group and the Episcopal church of Cherubim and seraphim worldwide endorsed the pdp candidate of Ajeronmi Ifelodun Hon Rita Orji as their candidate on Friday .

The Most Rt Rev Judah Adeogo Oluwole spiritual head of the Episcopal church during the ilaje day at the church called out the pdp candidate for a specail prayers for her victory ,according Rev Adeogo ,

“we have always seen the dividened of democracy when you were the house of Representative in Ajeronmi ifelodun our people have always sing your praises , now that you are on a journey back to the hallow chamber , we will support you and vote for you ,because you have always remember us ”

Hon Rita Orji , appreciated the church and its most Rev for always look out for her every time , she assured the congregation that more will come their way if voted as back to the green floor , she retraced her last election woe on the rigging aspect of the Apc in 2019 , but she said it will never be business as usual, as she urged them to get their PVCs which will assured and seal her victory .

Hence , the pdp candidate hon Rita Orji meet with the muslim clergy at the mission street hall , where she also spoked on the essence of making Ajegunle a better place for all , she called on the clergies to always state on the path of truth as they pray for a better Nigeria . prayers were offered for her victory as Election drew near .

The pdp candidate have embarked on ward to ward campaign since pronounced as the right candidate of pdp Federal Constituency by the high court and inec.

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JANDOR UNLEASHES TERROR ON INNOCENT LAGOSIANS.

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The Apc lagos state chapter have have called on security agency to check mate and bring to book the unscruptilous activities of the pdp governorship candidate Mr Adediran Olajide popularly know as jandor on the citizen of lagos state as he campaigned across the state .

The spokeman of Apc , hon seye oladejo in a press release made avsilable to gidinews .com ststed that :

Our attention has been drawn to the reign of terror unleashed on innocent and law abiding citizens of Lagos state by the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming national elections, Jide Adediran, otherwise known as Jandor in the course of his campaign in Surulere Local Government Council of the state.
The incident left in its wake several maimed victims and three people reportedly sent to their untimely death.
We condemn in strong terms the unwarranted and unprovoked resort to violence on the citizens of the state in the name of electioneering campaign.
Lagos cherishes it’s enviable status as the safest state in the country which has been as a result of long running and painstaking investment in security through the provision of the wherewithal and incentives for security agencies.
We view this attack as a ploy to instill fear in the hearts of voters as we count down to the elections.
It’s pathetic to note that a candidate seeking to govern the state could be seen actively promoting anarchy and violence to disrupt the peace of the citizens.
It will be recalled that the suspect has been busy in the past days crying wolves in the media as he perfected his evil plans which manifested at his rally.
While we can imagine the untold misery and frustration that his faltering campaign might have visited on him, it ought not to result in the thirst for the blood potential voters.
We hereby call on the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident , bring the culprits to book and beef security across the state with the obvious desperation of the opposition PDP in order to forestall a reoccurrence.
We urge Lagosians to remain calm and law abiding as the state government remains irrevocably committed to its onerous duty of ensuring the safety of lives and properties of all and sundry.

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