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Reactions as El-Rufai signs law to castrate child rapists

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

The Kaduna State House of Assembly had earlier passed the bill last week in an effort to check the incessant rape of children in the state.

The amendment updates the penalties for the offence of the rape of a child.

These new provisions include the punishments of surgical castration and bilateral salpingectomy for male and female convicts of child rape, and death.

In addition, 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.

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.

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 the members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly for passing the amendments, the governor stated that these drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from a serious crime.

The Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020 amends the Penal Code Law (No.5) of Kaduna State, 2017 by substituting section 258 as follows :

  1. Whoever commits rape of a child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall on conviction, be punished with Surgical Castration and death.
  2. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a male child below the age of fourteen years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.
  3. Where a female adult is convicted for the offence of rape of a child, the Court shall punish the accused with Bilateral Salpingectomy and death.
  4. Where the victim is above fourteen years, the Court shall on conviction sentence the accused with a punishment of surgical castration and life imprisonment.
  5. Where the convict is a child, the Court shall order as appropriate under the Children and Young Person Law Cap 26 Laws of Kaduna State 1991.
  6. Where the victim is a child, the Court shall in addition to the conviction, order that the convict be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published by the Attorney General.
  7. Where the Court is trying the offence of rape involving a child below the age of fourteen years, corroboration of a medical report shall be necessary.

The signing of the bill has generated debate among social media users.

Mayowa MJ said: “Wow! This is decisive. Rape cases are surging nationwide, how I wish other state governments can come up with punitive measures too.”

Tingong Barth said: “So this penalty applies only to Child rape, how about Adults rape?”

Mohammed Sanusi Ibrahim said: “Thanks for all the services you’re rendering to Kaduna state, you’re one of the best governor in Nigeria if not the best.”

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