Niger Assembly Advocates Death Penalty For Rapist

By Abimbola Ogunnaike

Niger State House of Assembly has advocated death penalty for rapists and other sexual offenders especially where the person raped dies.

Honourable Binta Mamman Representing Gurara Constituency stated this at the plenary session on Friday raised a motion on the matter.

 Mamman pointed out that rape has assumed an alarming dimension across the country especially in the past few months, which according to her, should be tackled with renewed vigour by government and other relevant bodies.

She recalled the case of late Uwa, a university student that was raped and killed in a Church in Edo state and another case in Niger state where two girls were continually raped by their father for 10 years with a threat to kill them in case they resisted.

The lawmaker also mentioned the recent case of the 85-year-old woman who was raped inside her room by a teenager in Niger state adding that there other cases in question.

Mamman described rape as unacceptable pointing out that the menace is under reported because of the failure of victims not reporting the cases to avoid being stigmatised.

“That is why measures must be taken to stop it by setting up courts to trail rape and other sexual assault cases. I urge you, my colleagues to help address this challenge,” she stated.


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