#SayNoToRape: FG promises decisive actions to protect women, children

#SayNoToRape: The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday resolved to henceforth take decisive actions against rapists, saying the increasing cases are now embarrassing.

The decision was reached at the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The council took the decision after deliberating on a memo presented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, on the increasing cases of rape across the country.

Protests have been holding across the country following recent cases of rape.

Vera  Omozuwa, a 22-year-old student, was reported to have been raped and killed in an empty church in Benin City recently.

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18-year-old Barakat Bello was also raped and macheted to death, Shomuyiwa Azeezat was similar raped and stone-crushed to death, both in Ibadan, Oyo State recently.

Tallen told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that while the Nigeria Police Force had been asked to ensure that rape cases were not treated with levity, the judiciary had also been urged to ensure prompt dispensation of cases related to rape.

“These are issues that were presented before the council and I am happy to announce that we got the full support of Mr President and all members of council, that government will take decisive actions at the highest level to protect women and children in this country,” the minister said.

Tallen regretted that while there is an existing law, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015, only nine states out of 36 have domesticated the law.

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She however said members of the Nigeria Governors Forum had assured her of total support to end the scourge.

Meanwhile, the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, has cautioned Nigerians to desist from justifying rape.

Speaking on Wednesday on the rising incidents of gender-based violence across the country, Okah-Donli said NAPTIP would approach the Ministry of Justice to push for the establishment of a special court to try rapists.

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