Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Rapists get new punishments in Oyo


 Anyone who is found guilty of raping or committing sexual offence with minors in any part of Oyo State is liable to a five-year jail term or a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) or both.

The jail term and the fine is sequel to a law which has been passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly.

DAILY POST gathered that the Assembly, in a bid to reaffirm its commitment to the protection of Child’s right, passed the Child Sexual Offences bill, 2019 into law.

Our correspondent reports that the law was passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday.

The bill was initially introduced to the house by the lawmaker representing Ogbomoso North Constituency, Olawumi Oladeji. 

According to the new law, any person who engages in sexual act with a child (minors) is guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a minimum of five years imprisonment or minimum of N500, 000 or both.

Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin while speaking, lamented the rising cases of child abuse in the society, noting that the just-passed bill is an effort towards ending rape, child abuse and other sexual offenses.

Ogundoyin said that the Oyo State government is obviously committed to nipping rape and other sexual offenses in the bud, and relevant laws are needed to ensure offenders are duly punished.

He said, “Aside offenders of domestic sexual violence, any person who causes pornographic materials to be sent to public space or cyberspace to which a child may have access is guilty of an offence and also liable upon conviction to five years imprisonment or fine of N5, 000, 000 or both.

“Likewise, any person who stigmatizes a victim of sexual offences under this just-passed bill is guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to maximum of two years imprisonment and maximum fine of N200, 000.

“The committee on women affairs a and community development have done a commendable work and we trust the executive will assent the law in no time for proper implementation and effectiveness,” he said.

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