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Rape: No amount of punishment is to much for offenders, says Rep Doguwa

The Lawmaker representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State who also doubles as the leader of the Nigerian House of Representatives has called-out Nigerian youths to desist from the practice of drug abuse.

Doguwa while speaking at a joint public hearing on the prevalence of drug abuse in Nigeria said the act is most prevalent among the youths between the ages of 18-35 years of age in the country.

He said the act has already eaten deep into the morals of the Nigerian society. The Lawmaker said it is unfortunate that the youths who are expected to take up leadership positions in the nearest future are doing otherwise.

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He said, “Drug abuse is much more prevalent among Nigerian youths, and that is what makes it worrisome. A situation whereby that class or component which the society looks at to provide the next level of leadership is unfortunately engaged in the practice of drug abuse, then certainly it is like we are having a very hopeless future.”

Doguwa however called for a sensitization starting from the family system, because according to him it has a lot to do with morality. He also called on traditional rulers and clerics to intensify their messages on the need for the Nigerian youths to desist from the practice of drug abuse. Speaking on the issue of rape, Doguwa said both the media, the legislative, and the judiciary must take the laws seriously in the fight against the menace.

The Lawmaker buttressed that some of the Nigerian laws are not only obsolete but insensitive. He also said that some of the laws have not been able to spell out punishments and that sanctions are on the low side. In June, Nigeria declared a state of emergency on rape and sexual violence in all 36 Nigerian states. Earlier that month, activists from women-led groups marched and sent a memo to Nigeria’s House of Representatives, demanding Nigeria adopt and properly implement the 2015 Violence Against Prohibition Person’s Act (VAPP).

This was triggered by brutal rape cases reported in May and June: Barakat Bello was raped and killed in her home; Vera Uwa Omozuwa was killed in her church in Benin City, southern Nigeria; and a 12-year-old girl was raped by 11 men in Jigawa, northern Nigeria.

Despite this new state of emergency, a culture of rape and impunity persists, making it difficult for victims to hold their abusers accountable.

One in four girls and women experience rape or sexual assault in Nigeria before the age of 18, according to the United Nations. In the midst of rising campaigns against rape, there are fewer than 80 total recorded rape convictions in Nigeria.

 

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