Oyo Assembly set to review laws on rape, sexual violence against women - Fatokun

Oyo Assembly set to review laws on rape, sexual violence against women - Fatokun

- Oyo state House of Assembly has vowed to review laws on sexual violence against women

- Ayotunde Fatokun, the chairman House on parliamentary counsel, made this known in Ibadan

- Fatokun said it was imperative for people to support the government by exposing evildoers and criminals in their community to law enforcement agencies

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Following the gruesome gang rape and murder of Barakat Bello in Akinyele area of the state, Oyo state House of Assembly is set to review existing laws on sexual violence and input stricter punishment for the culprits.

Legit.ng's reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the chairman, House committee on the parliamentary counsel, Ayotunde Fatokun, made the assertion while speaking with newsmen on Friday, June 8, in Ibadan shortly after visiting and commiserating with the family of Barakat.

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According to the report, Barakat until her untimely death was a National Diploma student studying science laboratory technology at the federal college of animal health and production, Ibadan.

Fatokun who represents Akinyele constituency 1 at the state House of Assembly, stated that it was imperative for people to support the government by exposing evildoers and criminals in their community to law enforcement agencies.

Oyo Assembly set to review laws on rape, sexual violence against women - Fatokun

Members of the Oyo state House of Assembly.
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Fatokun disclosed that there is an ongoing inter-committee legislative business with the House committee on women to properly scrutinise existing law and review it where appropriate.

“I just spoke with Hon Wumi, the chairman House committee on women today to ensure that we look into the law that protects women and guarantees their security. We are working tirelessly and we are going to really come up with a meaningful outcome.

"I have visited Barakat’s parents. I have called my colleagues in the house to work together. We are working with the police now and I would like to tell you that the police station in Ikereku had been abandoned for a very long time but we have now mobilised police officers there now,” he said.

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While speaking on herdsmen's insecurity, Fatokun berated the security threats posed by the herdsmen as witnessed in some parts of the state and promised that the laws that had already been made will be enforced as soon as the Amotekun Corps is inaugurated next week.

He said: “We have made laws on anti-open grazing. The law will be fully enforced as soon as the Amotekun corps is inaugurated next week. They will work with the police and the civil Defence Corps to ensure the law is enforced.”

Speaking on the efforts of the government to curb COVID-19, Fatokun said the failure of the interstate lockdown rests primarily on the security agents who are in charge to man the roads but act otherwise.

With respect to the re-opening of schools and places of worship, the lawmaker said the decision to take this step would be taken after there is a decline in the cases recorded in the sate while commending the Governor Seyi Makinde for his leniency and kindness in dealing with the situation in the state.

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“The governor will address the issue of reopening of schools and places of worship soon. But I need to say that when we met with the health officials yesterday, one of the issues we discussed is that some people are symptomatic.

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He, however, noted that “We should be careful, and adhere to the measures recommended by the health practitioners in order to stay safe. We should protect ourselves by washing our hands regularly, using of a nose mask, not putting our hands in our mouth."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former seminarian identified as Augustine Mario Nnaji narrated how he was gang-raped by a woman and her two daughters.

It was reported that the ex-seminarian said the molestation drove him out of his passion of becoming a Catholic priest. Nnaji said he was sent to a parish for his apostolic works and was accommodated by a woman.

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