OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has called on the Nigeria Police Force and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to fast track the investigation on the killers of Oluwabamise Ayanwola, to ensure justice.

It further mandated House Committees on Police Affairs as well as National Security and Intelligence to ensure compliance. 

These resolutions were sequel to a Motion on Urgent National Importance titled ‘Rampant Cases Of Violence, Incessant Rape And Ritual Killings Of Our Women Folks: A Call For Urgent Intervention’ sponsored by Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta).

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The House notes with serious concerns the rising cases of violence, incessant rape, and ritual killing of female Nigerians by criminally-minded persons in various parts of the country, as alarming, worrisome, and therefore the need for urgent reaction.

The lawmakers also expressed concern over the incessant attacks which it said were hindering national productivity, as it is occurring amongst people in the productive age group who are having to deal with the negative physical and psychological consequences of the vice.

“In the last six weeks, so many incidents have occurred that have made headlines, and the recent being that 22-year-old Miss Oluwabamise Ayanmola whose corpse was found on Carter Bridge at Ogogoro Community in Lagos Island nine days after being declared missing by her family with some vital parts missing.

Oluawabamise was last seen on the 26th day of February 2022, after boarding a BRT bus number 240257 at about 7 pm around Chevron Bus Stop.”

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The legislators raised an alarm about allegations that the BRT driver earlier confessed to raping the deceased before killing her and harvesting some vital organs; only for the story to change after some influential Nigerians intervened on his behalf.

They further expressed worry over the number of such cases that are under-reported due to the stigma attached to such incidences, and the molestation attached to it by the security agents when such reports are made.

“According to the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program, approximately 80 million Nigerian women and girls are victims of gender-based violence, which in turn fosters the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, lack of self-confidence of victims, and in most recent cases death.

Concerned that if serious sensitisation on the preventive and elimination of gender-based violence is not embarked on to curb this menace, young girls and women across Nigeria will keep falling victims to sexual assault, rape, and continuous ritual killings.

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As Nigerians, we must realise that this is a fight that demands action from everyone of us, hence the need to sing with a loud voice that there is no place in our country for those who commit this sort of violence and this can be achieved by adopting a multi-facet approach that requires an increase in advocacy and partnerships between government, the private sectors, and grassroots.”

They further called for a continuous review of the existing policies and laws on gender-based violence that accommodates the best practices and strategies that will nip this scourge in the bud and reduce future occurrences.

The lawmakers had earlier observed a minute silence in honour of the Late Oluwabamise Ayanwola.

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