By Okunade Adekunle
Lagos State House of Assembly members have called on the necessary security agencies to enforce the existing criminal laws in order to proffer immediate solutions to sexual abuse in the state.
Hon. Meiranda Mojisola, representing Apapa constituency I who made the call at plenary under Matter of Urgent Public Importance, decried the rate at which sexual abuse and criminal cases occur in the state is very alarming and disheartening.
She said: “I came across a story of a 13-year-old girl in a national newspaper who was gang-raped and got pregnant by three men including a 60-year-old in Owode Ibeshe area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
“So, parent and guardian should be watchful of the kind of people they leave their children and ward with, either both male and female, children and wards should also be educated on how to raise alarm when they sense danger.”
In his contribution, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja-Saka said the culprits carried out the drastic act in an uncompleted building in Ibeshe. He added that policemen, kabiyesi and chiefs are already investigating the matter.
Hon. Moshood Oshun said there were so many stigmatisations attached to rape victims in our society and efforts should be made to build confidence to the families of the victims so that they will not be stigmatized.
He also suggested that sex register should be used and rape offenders should be publicised so that people who are residing with them would know the kind of person they are living with.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said there should be regular campaign against violence, rape and abuses, and that the police should put more efforts in their pursuit against violence.
He said addressing rape cases should go beyond calling attention of parents but to call relevant agencies to enforce existing laws to prosecute rape offenders in order to serve as deterrent to others.
The House, in the end, called on Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Commissioner of Police, and Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development to look into cases of rape in the state particularly the recent gang-rape of a 13-year-old girl in Owode-Ibese Ikorodu area of Lagos.