OrderPaperToday– The Senate on Tuesday called on the inspector general of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to ensure the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in the murder of former woman leader of Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi State, Salome Abu.
The murder was equally condemned by the Red Chamber following a motion moved by Senator Betty Apiafi on International Day for the elimination of violence against women.
It would be recalled that on November 16 this year, Abu was set on fire in her home and allowed to die after the emergence of Yahaya Bello of All Progressives Congress as governor of the state.
Speaking on the motion, Apiafi pointed out that the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” in its resolution 48/104 of 20th December, 1993.
She noted that the premise of the day is to raise awareness to the fact that women around the world are subject to various forms of violence, rape, domestic violence, trafficking for sexual and domestic slavery with impunity;
“The violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human right violation. As representatives of the people, the 9th Senate shall continue to do whatever it takes to stop this menace. We shall not allow people blame indecent dressing among women as the cause of rape. The cases of rape of two weeks or six months old babies or rape of 60 or 80 years old women clearly tells us this menace is more deeply rooted.
“The attack and humiliation of female candidates in the same Kogi State elections, the death of late Ochanya Elizabeth 0gbanie, a 13 year old junior secondary school student of the Federal Government Girls College, Gboko, as a result of complications from various forms of sexual violence, rape and abuse by her uncle and cousin, the BBC sex for grade saga and many more shows how deep rooted violence against women and rape has reach an unprecedented level in our nation”, she said.
She commended all concerned stakeholders who made the launch of ”the Nigerian Sexual Offenders Register” possible.
“The launch of the register is a major step in the fight against this menace that has bedeviled our nation. The register is a data base of all sexual offenders categorised as those who have been convicted, and those who are linked with sexual offences.
“This is in line with section 1 (4) and 40 (2) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015. Alongside the Sexual Offenders Register, is a database of service providers, professionals and care givers citizens can report sexual violence, survivors and even perpetrators can approach for advice and support”, she stated.
Other resolutions by the Red Chamber called on states who are yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act (2003) and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP 2015) to do so for the socio-economic development of their state and the nation at large.