Jigawa: Death sentence for rapists, kidnappers

Ø  As governor signs Bill into law 

The Jigawa State governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, has signed the Violence Against Person Prohibition bill into law in the State.

Abubakar stated this while signing the Bill. The Jigawa State House of Assembly had earlier passed the Bill for the Violence against Person Prohibition, which stipulates death sentence for male or female rapist, or life sentence without the option of fine. 

The Bill also stipulates that anyone who aides or gives order to rape another person shall receive a death or life sentence.

Other provisions in the Bill stipulates that: “The use of political thugs attracts four years imprisonment for perpetrators and the use of indecent or pornographic pictures for advert in public places shall attract three months imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine. Kidnappers shall also receive death sentence”.

According to the governor, the Bill was assented after consulting with the council of Ulamas that the new laws are not in conflict with Islamic laws and culture of Jigawa people.

He said the new law will help in reducing the rate of crime in the State and commended the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Aliyu, and the State council of Ulamas for their contribution to the passage of the Bill.

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