The Senate has passed a bill to outlaw sexual advances from lecturers to students of tertiary institutions in the country.
The bill recommends that any lecturer found guilty to have broken the law, when passed, will risk a maximum five-year jail term or N5m fine or both.
The Senate also abolished the consent defence claim by sexual assault and rape suspects, as contained in the criminal and penal codes.
The “Bill for an Act to Make Provision for the Prohibition and Punishment of Sexual Harassment of Students by Educators in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for Related Matters” was sponsored by Senator OVIE OMO-AGEGE, Delta-Central.
The senator while addressing news men after the bill was passed described it as a landmark for wives, daughters and women generally.
Senator OMO-AGEGE said he sponsored the bill due to the rate of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions and the need reprimand culprits who commits such acts.