The Kano lawmaker says life in prison is not sufficient for convicted rapists.
A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Muhammad Ali, on Friday called for the amendment of existing laws on rape, to provide for death penalty on anyone convicted of the offence.
Mr. Ali, who represents Kawo constituency, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
He noted that Section 283 of the Penal Code Law only provided a maximum of life imprisonment for convicted rapists, adding that the law should be amended to carry the maximum penalty.
According to him, most rapists ended up with lighter sentence due to bottle necks in court processes.
“Rapists are not treated the way they should be treated due to one reason or the other in the enforcement of the law.”
“Life imprisonment is not even enough for them; anybody caught raping a child or woman should face the firing squad. It is the only way to safeguard and sanitise the society,” the lawmaker contended.
Mr. Ali attributed the increasing cases of rape in the country to negligence on the part of parents, urging them to take their parental responsibilities more seriously.
He said children, especially teenagers, must be protected against vagabonds and other miscreants, as well as provided with necessary guidance to manage the challenges of growing up, so as to become better and useful citizens.
The lawmaker said he was working on a legislation that would protect the rights of rape victims and ensure that convicted rapists were appropriately sanctioned.
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