Ambode announces 25-year jail term for rape, domestic violence offenders

Ambode urged the police to ensure proper investigation of reported cases.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has recommended a minimum sentence of 25 years for rapists.

Ambode made the recommendation during a symbolic walk against domestic and sexual violence in the state, saying rape should not be tolerated with light sentence.

“It is highly recommended. We need new laws which will respond adequately to the nature and occurrences of this era.

“Domestic violence is a crime and should be treated as such. The Protection against Domestic Violence Law, 2007 should, therefore, be amended accordingly,” he added.

Ambode enjoined the Nigeria Police Force, which is usually the first point of call, to strive to be more professional and ensure proper investigation of reported cases by grooming specialist officers in that regard.

The governor said, “As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is now.

“We firmly believe that the actions we take today will be the seeds sown for a brighter future for our women and indeed, our children.

“We believe our state can continue to pioneer in this agenda and become a benchmark not just in Nigeria, but globally.”

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