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Oyo Assembly To Review Laws On Rape, Sexual Violence Against Women

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

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.

The Chairman, Parliamentary Council of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ayotunde Fatokun made the assertion while speaking with newsmen shortly after visiting and commiserating with the family of BarakaHonourable Fatokun who represents Akinyele Constituency 1 in 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.

As a way to check rising cases of rape and other violence acts against women in the  State, Honourable 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 guaranty their security. We are working tirelessly and we are going to really come up with a meaningful outcome.

“I have visited the 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”

While speaking on herdsmen insecurity, Honourable 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.

 

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