Bayelsa Assembly passes VAPP Act, endorses life jail for rapists

Bayelsa State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill into law after its third reading at plenary.

The passage of the bill will enable the state to domesticate the 2015 VAPP Act of the National Assembly at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and stipulated holistic measures to protect the rights of persons with specific provisions for compensations.

Moving the motion for its third reading and passage, representative of Ekeremor Constituency I, Hon. Tare Porri, said the bill would prohibit violence against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims.

Among other provisions, it stipulated that rapists above 14 years of age would get life imprisonment to serve as a deterrent to others.

Speaker of the House, Abraham Ngobere, who presided over plenary, commended members, civil society groups and non-governmental organisations for their contributions to the success of the…

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