Senate Passes Sexual Offences Bill, Rapists Get Life Imprisonment

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The Senate on Wednesday passed the Sexual Offences Bill, 2015 which
prescribes life imprisonment for rapists and those who have sexual
intercourse with children under 11 years.

The passage of the bill followed the report of the Committee on
Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Chaired by Sen. Umaru
Dahiru (APC Sokoto-South).

Presenting the report, Dahiru said the passage of the bill would give legal
backing for the prosecution of sexual offenders.

He said if approved, rapists and those who sexually abuse children would
bag life imprisonment while other sexual offenders would also be
sentenced to serve various prison terms.

The President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark, expressed delight on the
efforts of the committee to evolve a stronger law against sexual
“I want to particularly thank and congratulate Sen. Chris Anyanwu, the
sponsor of the Bill for the passage for initiating the process of this
amendment,” Mark said.

Speaking to newsmen after plenary, Anyanwu (APGA Imo East) said the
passage of the bill was a parting gift from her to the public.

“It is indeed a fulfilment of my mission in the Upper Chamber,” she said.

She listed some of the sexual offences captured by the bill to include
gang rape, lacing drinks with drugs with intent to sexually abuse,
deliberately infecting partner with HIV and other diseases.

Others, according to her, include child s*x tourism, sexual harassment
and prostitution of persons with mental disabilities.

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She said the bill had mandated the storing of names of sexual offenders
in database for institutional and social discrimination.