By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasiru Ahmed el-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Monday frowned at the trend of rape in the society, saying perpetrators will surely face the law.
He disclosed this when the voice for women in Kaduna came out enmass to Government House to say No to rape in the state early Monday.
The Governor said, “Kaduna State Government already has very strong legislation against rape, in our penal code we have 21 years for rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child.
“We are now looking at it to amend to include surgical removal of tools of rape against any person convicted, in addition to life imprisonment or 21 years. Any one convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that, even after he finishes his terms, will not be able to rape anyone because so long that his tools exist they’re likelyhood that he will come back and continue to rape,” he stated.
“The pepetrators of rape are younger people, even after 21 years they can come back and continue.
“A member of State House of Assembly, Honourable Muktar has already drafted private members bill proposing that, we are going to look at it this week, as soon as we finalize it, we are going to work with it and the State House of Assembly to pass it, we think it is absolutely necessary.
“In addition, other measures will be put in place because most cases of rape fail to get a conviction, the witnesses disappear or there is an attempt on the part of parents and communities to cover it up because of the stigma surrounding rape.
“We have made it clear that, we will protect the faces and identity of victims and survivors of rape, there’s no problem testying in court you will be protected behind the screen so that nobody will know whom you are.
“The Chief Judge in Kaduna State has assured us that, he will give practice directives to all Judges in Kaduna, that no one accused of rape to be granted bail under any circumstances because often times when they are granted bail they will go back and rape again,” he lamented.
He described rape as a sickness, “It is a mental sickness, people that do it are mentally sick, they need to be protected from society. And I am happy that our Chief Judge has already decided to take extra ordinary steps.
“But we are working on all that, and we hope that this epidemic of rape throughout in Kaduna State will be curtailed by the grace of God,” he prayed.