SENATE PASSES BILL ALLOWING RAPE CASES TO BE REPORTED AND PROSECUTED ANYTIME VICTIM DEEMS FIT

SENATE PASSES BILL ALLOWING RAPE CASES TO BE REPORTED AND PROSECUTED ANYTIME VICTIM DEEMS FIT

There will no longer be a gender based rape law in Nigeria. This is in realisation that rape can happen to both male and female.

This is contained in the bill passed on Tuesday by the senate.

 

The bill sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu titled “A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C.38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004,” also eliminates the statute of limitation on defilement,  and removes gender restrictions in the offence of rape and other related matters.

 

The bill removes time frame for prosecuting defilement cases by increasing the period to timeless.

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The existing law allows for a rape case to be reported within two months but with the new amendment it is for as many years as the victim decides to take up the matter.

 

The bill contains amendments to the criminal code which is currently in operation in the southern part of Nigeria.

 

Also the bill recommends increased punishment for the offence of kidnapping and so life imprisonment is now the penalty for offenders as against the current 10 years maximum sentence.

 

Already in some states in the country penalty for kidnappers is death and forfeiture of all funds and property being proceeds from the crime to the states. The buildings of such persons are also demolished.

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Chinwe Ugele

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