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Rape: El-Rufai signs amended State Penal Code, retains castration clause

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020 which provides stiffer penalties upon conviction for the rape of a child, including surgical castration for male convicts and bilateral salpingectomy for female convicts.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye says such convicts will be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published by the Attorney-General of the State.

“Following Malam el-Rufai’s assent to the amended law on 11th September 2020, the new law has come into effect in Kaduna State. It introduces stricter punishments than the previous law which carried a maximum penalty of 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child”.

The statement explains that, under the amended law, the punishment for the rape of a person older than 14 years will include surgical castration or removal of fallopian tubes, but the death penalty shall not apply.

It notes that, In cases where the rape convict is also a child, the court shall order an appropriate punishment under the Children and Young Persons Law Cap. 26, Laws of Kaduna State 1991.

While commending members of Kaduna State House of Assembly for passing the amendments, the Governor stated that these drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from such serious crimes.

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Aminu Dalhatu

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