The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates’ Confraternity), Abuja City Centre, has called on the federal government to strengthen and enforce stringent laws that would curb the incessant rape cases recorded in the country.
The Steerera, Sahara Deck of the group, Obiekwe Isaac, who made the call in an interview with journalist to mark this year ‘NAS Feast of Barracuda’ yesterday in Abuja.
He assured that the association will take the campaigns against rape to nooks and crannies of the country.
Isaac said the issue of rape is something that if we don’t check and check it seriously it’s capable of causing the same level of litigation in this country like insurgency.
He noted that stigma is one of the major challenges in Nigeria. He added that they want to make people to overcome issue of stigma so that one such incident happens people should be able to report, so that appropriate measures will be taken against the perpetrators.
Also speaking, the first Mate of Sahara Deck, Abuja City Centre, Victor Ofili, said the association has offers to provide free service’s of lawyer to victims of rape.
According to him, “What we need to do is to strengthen the laws we have enough law on ground, like the the act of rape doesn’t gives room for the victims to really come out, so, we need to strengthen our laws, that is just what we need to do because we have the laws but we need to strengthen it.
“The issue of rape is subjective, the federal government can only do the extent to which the law permits, we need to strengthen our laws; some of these laws we use in meting punishment for sexual violence are even obsolete.
“A lot of things have changed lately, people are now being molested on the internet, social media; our laws need to do something about this if we move to strengthen it,” he said.
He Call on Nigerians to go back to the core values of life. He said that people are now being molested on the internet, social media; our laws need to do something about this if we move to strengthen it.
He further said that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) should come up with a programme that would help to enlighten Nigerians on the dangers associated with rape.