RAPE UPSURGE: Oyo Govt, House of Assembly Assure Protesting Students, Right Groups of Justice

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By Henry Odeh

The Oyo state government has said that it has already set institutional machineries in motion to ensure that justice is served and seen to be served on rape offenders in the state particularly perpetrators of recent rape and murder of Barakat Bello and Azeezat Shomuyiwa who were raped and killed in Ibadan. Sunrisebulletin.com reports

The honourable commissioner for youths and sports in the state, Mr Seun Fakorede, who spoke on behalf of the state government described the recent rape upsurge in the state as appalling and very disturbing assuring that the state government in collaboration with security agencies will not rest until perpetrators of those heinous acts are brought to book.

He said: “I can assure you that everything that ought to be done to make sure that we bring justice for all the people who are victims of these unfortunate incidences would definitely be done.”

“We didn’t have to wait for this before the State government moved into action. As I speak, work is going on in the House of Assembly on enacting a Law that will definitely attend to anyone that is found wanting, especially when it comes to murders or rape cases, such as this.”

The Speaker, Rt Hon Adebo Ogundoyin who also addressed the visibly angry protesting students said that he truly empathise with the protesters even though he is a man adding that he has a female sister and a mother.

Ogundoyin, commended the protesters for their courage and doggedness towards standing up for the voiceless and letting their voices to be heard.

He assured that the Oyo state house of assembly has already commenced the process of reviewing laws against rape and pedophilia with the aim of stipulating stiffer punishments for offenders noting that bill for the law amendment was already at third reading stage before it is passed.

Sunrisebulletin.com reports that NANS President, Daniel Akpan, who also spoke on behalf of other students during the protest, advocated the enactment of laws that stipulate capital punishment for rapists, urging governor Seyi Makinde to ensure that the perpetrators are made to face the full wrath of the law.

“We are dissatisfied with the state of insecurity, we are dissatisfied with the spate of at which crisis, violence is rising, we are dissatisfied with the rate at which our members are becoming victims on a daily basis. I mean, death is the climax of everything. If we can have record of deaths, then we need to sit up and readdress the problems that we have at hand,” Akpan said.

The NANS president afterwards presented a position paper, on behalf of Nigerian students, on the incessant rape and killings in the country, to the Governor.

Sunrisebulletin.com recalled that two students, Barakat Bello and Azeezat Shomuyiwa were raped and killed in Ibadan last week by unknown assailants, however, the state government and house of assembly in their separate addresses have assured the people of Oyo state that justice will be served on the perpetrators when apprehended.

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