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Thursday, March 7, 2013

House Of Representatives Approves Life Imprisonment For Rapists

The House of Representatives has approved the recommendations that any person convicted of rape is liable to life imprisonment. This was a key part of the recommendations of the House of Representatives’ report on a bill for an Act on Violence Against Persons.

In addition, persons convicted of gang-raping a victim shall be liable jointly and severally to a minimum of 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while presenting the 51-clause bill that was extensively considered and adopted by the lawmakers said it has become expedient for the bill to become law going by the rising cases of violence against persons in the country.

The bill also approved 25 years imprisonment for any person who attempts to use chemical, biological or any harmful liquid on another person.

It also provides that any person who incites, aids, abets, or counsels another person to commit violence is guilty of the offence and liable on conviction to three years imprisonment or N200,000 fine or both.

Accordingly, any person convicted of performing female circumcision and general mutilation or engaging someone to carry it out risks four years in jail or a fine not more than N200,000 or both.

The bill also stipulates that aiding female circumcision attracts N100,000 or two years in jail or both.

Furthermore, any person convicted of frustrating investigation and prosecution of offenders is guilty of felony and liable on conviction to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine not exceeding N500,000.

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