If you are convicted of rape in Lagos state, you are likely going to spend 25 years in prison.

This is what governor Akinwunmi Ambode recommended during a symbolic walk against domestic and sexual violence at Alausa on Monday.

“It is highly recommended. We need new laws which will respond adequately to the nature and occurrences of this era.

“Domestic violence is a crime and should be treated as such. The Protection against Domestic Violence Law, 2007 should, therefore, be amended accordingly,” he said.

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Ambode urged the Nigeria Police Force, which is usually the first point of call, to strive to be more professional and ensure proper investigation of reported cases by grooming specialist officers.

“As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is now.

“We firmly believe that the actions we take today will be the seeds sown for a brighter future for our women and indeed, our children.

“We believe our state can continue to pioneer in this agenda and become a benchmark not just in Nigeria, but globally,” he said.

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