Rape: Ekiti State propose life imprisonment for rapist

Ekiti Government has proposed a life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of rape in the state.

The Executive Bill is entitled: A Bill for a Law to Repeal the Ekiti Gender-Based Violence,(Prohibition) Law, 2011 and enact the Ekiti Gender-Based Violence, (Prohibition) Bill, 2019.

The bill was deliberated on by members of the Ekiti House of Assembly at Thursday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.

Contributors during debate who included, the Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, Mr Gboyega Aribisogan, the Majority Leader and Mrs Teju Okunyiga,(Gbonyin Constituency) lauded the initiatives.

They said the existing Law seems to be lenient by stipulating seven years in prison for violators, supporting a more stringent punishment for offenders.

Some of the contributors like Okunyiga, the deputy Speaker, Alhaji Hakeem Jamiu and Mrs Yemisi Ayokunle in addition to the life imprisonment, proposed castration of any adult who raped minors in Ekiti.

They called for the speedy passage of the new bill which was later committed to the House Committee on Health and Human Services as well as the Committee on Judiciary for legislative scrutiny.

If the bill is passed Ekiti State will be the first with such law for rapists in Nigeria. DPH NEWS recall that an initiative #ArewaMeToo, Northnormal has been agitating for the adoption of violence against persons prohibition acts of 2015 in Nigeria.

The Assembly adjourned plenary to Tuesday, Oct.,8. 

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