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Kaduna to castrate rape convicts

Kaduna State House of Assembly on Friday approved castration as punishment for anybody convicted for rape in the state.

This follows the amendment of the State Penal Code (No.5), law of 2017 which stipulates stiffer penalties for rapists.

There has been upsurge of rape in parts of the country and stiffer punitive measures have been advocated.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu said in June that the country recorded 717 rape cases in 5 months.

During the period, an 18-year-old girl, Barakat Bello was allegedly raped and murdered in her father’s home in Ibadan, Oyo state, few weeks after another girl, a UNIBEN student, Vera Uwaila was attacked and raped in a church, after which her head was smashed with a fire extinguisher which left her unconscious.

She died few days after.

Organ surgically removed

“Anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that even upon completion of his jail term, will not be able to commit the crime again,” the spokesman of the House, Musa Ahmed told Channels Television.

The new law entails 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a minor.

During a public hearing on the Bill seeking the amendment of the penal code in August, the wife of Kaduna Governor, Ummi El-Rufai had said an average of five rape cases especially minors are recorded in the State everyday.

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