Abuse, Sexual Offences In Tertiary Institutions

The senate is considering a new bill to regulate the use of social media in the country.

A similar bill passed by the eighth national assembly was withdrawn, after President Buhari refused to assent to it.

The new ‘protection for internet falsehood and manipulation bill is sponsored by Senator Mohammed Musa.

Musa addressing the senate correspondents says the new bill is not aimed at gagging the social media.

The bill, according to him, stipulates a fine of n150,000 or three years jail term for those found guilty, and fines ranging from n5 million to n10 million for corporate organization found liable.

Meanwhile the Senate is continuing deliberation on a bill seeking to penalize sexual offenders in Nigeria’s Tertiary Educational Institutions.

The bill prescribes a maximum of 14 years and a minimum of five years without an option of fine for those convicted.

The bill, which has 27 clauses, and had passed second reading, is sponsored by the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo Agege.

It defines sexual offences as including grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, punching breast or hair, lips, buttocks, hips or any other sensual parts of the body of a student.

Other definition of sexual offences are sexual intercourse with a student, demand for sex from a student or prospective student.

The bill also defines sexual offences as sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student


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