…Move to tackel rape, other sexual violence
By Gift Chapi Odekina
The House of Representatives on Yeusday called on the Nigerian Mission in Libya to issue emergency travel documents to stranded Nigerians in Lybia to enable them return home.
The decision of the House is sequel to a motion on Killings of Nigerians in Libya and the Bombing of Tajoura Detention Centre,
moved by Rep. Chukwuma Umeoji.
Moving the motion, Rep.Chukwuma Umeoji told the house that many Nigerians have been killed in various detention centres across Libya, especially during the bombing of Tajoura detention centre.
He expressed concern that the battle for control of Tripoli between the Libyan warlord, Gen. Khalifa and the United Nations backed Government of National Accord will further endanger the lives of Nigerian Migrants in Libya
The House therefore Set up an Ad-hoc Committee to visit Libya for an on the spot investigation of the state of Nigerians in various detention centers across Libya.
The committee is also mandated to find out what Nigeria Mission is doing to assist .
They are expected to submit the report within four weeks for further legislative action.
Smililarly, the house also resolved to tackle the scourge of rape and other sexual offences against Children in Nigeria.
This followed a motion moved by Rep Shina Peller.
Debating the motion, the lawmaker noted that gender-based violence, such as rape and other forms of sexual abuses, have assumed serious dimensions globally .
He disclosed that in Nigeria, the prevalence of rape cases is estimated at 80%, with the children and even babies not being spared while the prevalence of incidents of rape among adolescent females is between 11 and 55%.
The lawmaker further said that the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has observed that one in four Nigerian girls must have experienced sexual violence before the age of eighteen;
The House however urged Federal Government to Establish Rehabilitation and Re-integration Programmes for victims of rape and other sexual offences in every State of the Federation;
It also called on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to prepare a National Policy Framework to guide the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act that will provide further certainty to the law regarding the age at which a person can consent to sexual activity.