By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has on Wednesday assented to the bill stipulating death sentence for rapists in the state.
This alligns with the Northern State Governors Forum decision in approving death penalty as capital punishment to offende’s of rape cases in their respective states.
The bill named “Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law” stipulates death penalty for rape convicts who infect their victims with HIV/AIDS.
New NIgerian reliably gatheted that the Jigawa State House of Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday and transmitted to the governor for assent.
While assenting to the bill, Governor Badaru commended the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Aliyu, and the state’s council of Ulamas for a sound working collaboration leading to the passage of the bill.
The governor said he assented to the bill after consultation with the council of Ulamas who assured that all sections of the law are not in conflict with Islamic and culture of people of Jigawa State.
The law which is expected to be gazetted soon also stipulates that the Sharia Law will take precedence if any matter in the new law contradicts Islamic teachings.
The chairman, Jigawa Council of Ulamas, Kadi Bashir-Ahmad, said the new law was scrutinized and vetted by the religious body and ensures that ambiguous sections that were not in conformity with Islam were removed.
The official commended the governor for the thrust, while tasking them to work on the new law before his final assent.
The new law also allows that rape victim(s) would be compensated with not less than N500,000, while the court would order rape offenders to be subjected to public shame through radio announcements.
Also, the law says use of chemical, biological or any harmful substance that causes lifetime deformity on the victim will attract life imprisonment without an option of fine.
The bill is an adaptation of a similar one passed by the National Assembly and domesticated by some state Houses of Assembly. The bill also proscribes certain conducts that are injurious to the society.
It also seeks to offer higher protection to the vulnerable in the society.
The bill was unanimously agreed by the 30 House members representing the 27 council areas of the state.