By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has recommended life imprisonment as stiffer punishment for perpetrators of rape in the state.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, made this known when the House deliberated and adopted the report of a Joint Committee on Judiciary, Ethics and Privileges/ Women Affairs on a Bill for a Law to Enact the Nasarawa State Gender-Based Violence and for Other Matters Connected Therewith.
The bill sponsored by the Speaker of the House was initiated to curtail the alarming rate of Gender-Based Violence, especially rape in the state.
“Depriving a person of his or her right (s) except through a court order is an offence in law.
“The punishment of castration for the offence of rape in the bill was strongly opposed, a stiffer punishment of life imprisonment is the will of the public, therefore life imprisonment is recommended.
“Where the offender is less than 14 years of age, the offender is liable to a maximum of 14 years imprisonment.
“Violence by state actors is one of the offences sought to be provided for in the bill which says ” A state actor who commits political violence commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 4 years or fine of not exceeding One Million (N1, 000,000,00)or both.
“No person shall publish any information which might directly or indirectly reveal the identity of any person to the proceeding” this to give assurance to parties that whenever they come to testify in respect to any matter in the court they have a cover,” he said
Balarabe Abdullahi opined that the punishment would serve as deterrent to others and would drastically mitigate, if not totally curb trend in the state.
Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House moved for the adoption of the committee’s report after deliberation.
Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader seconded the motion.
Monday December 21st, 2020, was slated for the third reading of the bill.