The Nigerian Government says it will take decisive action against rapists henceforth, describing the upsurge as embarrassing.
Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday, while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of this week’s virtual cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tallen said government has also decided to push for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA)-2015, in all the states of the federation, in order to ensure that rapists face deserved punishments for their actions.
“The VAPPA defines rape as when a person intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with any other part of his/her body or anything else without consent, or with incorrectly obtained consent.
“Consent can be incorrectly obtained where it is obtained: by force/threats/intimidation; by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act, by the use of substances capable of taking away the will of that person; by a person impersonating a married woman’s husband in order to have sex.
“The VAPPA law is only applicable in the Federal Capital Territory, it does not apply in other States of the Federation.
“Child Rights Act (CRA), provides that sex with a child is rape, and anyone who has sexual intercourse with a child is liable to imprisonment for life upon conviction.
Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over President Muhammadu Buhari, took the decision following a memo presented by the Minister of Women Affairs,”she explained.
The Minister further said the high cases of rape and gender-based violence in the country were occurring as a result of the lockdown necessitated by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Source: Voice of Nigeria