President of the National Assembly, Senator Ahmad Lawan has reacted to the prevailing incidents of rape and harassment of girl child in the country.
Senator Lawan on Tuesday, June 2 emphasized the need for a stiffer penalty for rape as the National Assembly also condemned the killing of Tina Ezekwe and Uwa Omozuwa.
Lawan further opined the need for State Assemblies to amend penal and criminal code in their respective states.
The Senate also observed a minute silence for Tina and Uwa and all those who have lost their lives from such brutality and rape.
While urging the Federal Government to stage a campaign against the increasing brutality and rape of the girl child, the Senate called on the relevant security authorities to evolve proactive measures to checkmate these unfortunate occurrences.
Penalty For Rape
Earlier, the Senator representing Cross River Central, Sandy Onor had sponsored a motion to curb the increasing cases of rape and brutality against the girl child in Nigeria.
Onor noted that the cases of sexual assault and brutality would rise further if proactive measures are not taken by relevant authorities to bring the culprits to justice.
The Senator expressed worry that most Nigerian girls and women might have experienced one form of verbal and physical abuse or assault in their lifetime.
Onor condemned the killing of 16-year-old Tina and Uwa, an undergraduate student of the University of Benin, who was brutalised and raped at her church, where she went to study.
You will recall that Tina was hit by a bullet when a trigger-happy policeman opened fire on a bus in Lagos on Tuesday, 26th May 2020, while Uwa was brutalised and killed on Wednesday, 27th May 2020.