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Group advocates law to prosecute sex offenders

By Kehinde Olatunji
15 November 2018   |   3:01 am
The Nigerian Girls Guides Association (NGGA) has urged the government to establish a law to prosecute any teacher culpable of sexual abuses in schools, saying this would serve as a deterrent for others.    The association’s Chief Commissioner, Mrs Maria Goretti- Sule lamented the high rate of sexual abuses in both primary and secondary schools,…

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The Nigerian Girls Guides Association (NGGA) has urged the government to establish a law to prosecute any teacher culpable of sexual abuses in schools, saying this would serve as a deterrent for others.
  
The association’s Chief Commissioner, Mrs Maria Goretti- Sule lamented the high rate of sexual abuses in both primary and secondary schools, saying reports have shown that teachers were also involved.
 
Gorreti-Sule who spoke at the unveiling of the centenary banner of the association in Lagos, expressed optimism that if decisive measures are taken on those found guilty, such acts would be minimised.

  
She said: “During our time, we didn’t experience the things that are happening today, but a good mother whether she is educated or not, should use her own example and experiences to bring up her girl child. Today, some of our women because of their careers, tend not to care much for their children, they don’t pay attention to them that is why even in the home, there are so many atrocities. Mothers should sit up to take care of their children the way they ought to.
   
“Teachers should stop using their positions to threaten the students. Any teacher that is caught exposing a child to sexual abuses should be expelled and prosecuted.”
  
Also, a lawmaker, Senator Bassey Henshaw said the federal government should consider capital punishment for rape offenders.
  
Henshaw posited that domesticating such laws would drastically reduce the rate of such occurrences.

“Take the case of the late Ochanya Ogbaje, the 13-year-old girl from Benue State, who was continuously raped by both father and son for five years until she gave up the ghost recently.
   
“It is just as sad as it is unacceptable. This is a case of outright violation of human right and we, as a nation must not let this wicked act go unpunished and severely so. There are laws in Nigeria against many of these things and it is usually the duty of the police to ensure that offenders are apprehended and punished.
  
“One of the biggest challenges we have is that people always think they can get away with crime and indeed do get away with crime, so they continue to commit these crimes.
  
The association’s Assistant National Project Commissioner, Mrs. Lilian Damie called on parents to always watch out for early signs of violence against their girl-child, saying this will assist in the fight against the ugly trend.
  
She reminded that education has a huge role to play in the fight against the girl-child and women.