The Sexual Offences Bill 2015 Essay

1255 WordsJan 20, 20166 Pages
2.4 Sexual offences Bill 2015 A Sexual offences Bill was passed by the Nigerian senate on the 27th of Mat 2015 but is yet to get the presidential accent which would make it into law. Given the status of the bill pending the accent of the president it is not yet law and thus is not yet legally binding; however the SOB in its mandate to protect all persons from sexual offences such as rape, defilement, indecent exposure, sexual assault and a varying newly introduced elements of sexual offences has a very strong link to the subject of child marriage in Nigeria hence the reason of its examination as it relates to child marriage and the CRA in line with the legal implications if it were to be made law. The SOB has left a trail of controversy with regards to its provisions on matters such as child marriage, age of sexual consent and pedophilia. To start with, section 7(1- 4) of the Bill states; (1) A person who commits an act which causes penetration with a child is guilty of an offence called defilement. (2) A person who commits an offence of defilement with a child aged eleven years or less shall upon conviction be sentenced to imprisonment for life. (3) A person who commits an offence of defilement with a child between the age of twelve and fifteen years is liable upon conviction to imprisonment for life.(4) A person who commits an offence of defilement with a child between the age of sixteen and eighteen years is liable upon conviction to imprisonment for life”. This proviso
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