The Senate has passed a bill which eliminates the time frame for prosecuting defilement cases in the country.
The bill also prescribes life jail, as opposed to the current 10 years maximum sentence, for kidnappers.
The proposed legislation, sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, is titled, “A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C.38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.”
It contains amendments to the criminal code which is currently in operation in the southern part of Nigeria.
The bill seeks to delete the statute of limitation on defilement, increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, and remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and other related matters.
The bill removes gender restrictions on the offence of rape by explaining that both male and female could be raped.
It also eliminates time frame for prosecuting defilement cases by increasing the period from two months to as many years as the victim decide to take up the manner.