On Wednesday 10 said that the abuses and rape of girls and children have enhanced three times before the lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and that henceforth, it will take decisive action against rapists.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the fourth virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa Abuja, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen described the upsurge in rape and abuse of children as embarrassing. She said that her ministry has decided to push for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA), 2015 in states to ensure rapists face deserved punishments for their actions.
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The VAPPA defines rape as when a person intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with any other part of his/her body or anything else without consent, or with incorrectly obtained consent. Permission can be improperly received by force/threats/intimidation by a person impersonating a married woman’s husband to have sex.
The VAPPA law is only applicable in the Federal Capital Territory, and it does not apply in other States of the Federation. Child Rights Act (CRA), provides that sex with a child is rape, and anyone who has sexual intercourse with a child is liable to imprisonment for life upon conviction. Read here