Rape: Senate passes new bill, says rape can happen to all gender

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
Tochi Juliet

The House of the Senate has passed a new bill prescribing that there should be no gender bias in rape offences, explaining that a man or woman could be raped.

The Bill, tagged “the Criminal Code Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020” sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, APC, Lagos Central,  passed second reading in the Senate on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

However, the Bill was passed the third time on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

The new bill, as passed by the Senate also approved the deletion of the limitation period for the prosecution of defilement which indicates that anyone who commits rape can be prosecuted, anytime the matter is filed.

The passage of the Bill followed the presentation of the report by the chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and legal matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central.

According to Vanguard News, The sponsor of the Bill, Senator Tinubu had explained that the Bill sought to delete certain provisions of Section 218 on defilement which states that:

“A  prosecution for either of the offences defined in this section shall be begun within two months after the offence is committed”

The above section imposed a limit for the prosecution of offences on defilement and created a huge margin for inaccuracy. 

Section 221 of the Bill which the Senate also deleted, deals with offences against morality.

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