The Jigawa State government has adopted the death sentence for child rapists as mandated by the child protection law.
Anyone convicted of raping a kid under the age of ten shall be punished to death under the law, with no alternative option.
Dr Musa Adamu, the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, revealed this at a press conference in Dutse, the state capital, on Wednesday.
“Earlier this year the JigawaSstate Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, signed the Violence Against Prohibition Bill which prescribed the death penalty for rapists but with the option of life imprisonment. But recently the government has also signed the child protection law which prescribed the death penalty for anyone that raped a child below the age of 10,” Dr Musa was quoted by Channels television.
The ministry had received “a total of 196 case diaries, while 178 pieces of legal advice were prepared in respect of the case diaries, received,” according to the Commissioner.
“Out of the total number of the case diaries, 90 were rape cases; 27 culpable homicides; sodomy has 31; kidnapping and abduction have a total number of 18 cases; incest two; two 2 acts of gross indecency; 20 armed robberies while road traffic offences have two cases.”
“The ministry has prosecuted and defended a total number of 25 appeals before Court of Appeal, Kano Division, and has also completed the prosecution of 83 criminal trials before eight High Courts at Birnin Kudu, Dutse, Gumel Hadejia, Kazaure and Ringim. 34 convictions and Forty-Nine 49 defendants were discharged and acquitted,” he added.
The Commissioner took use of the opportunity to urge for the use of technology to shorten delays in criminal litigation, which he claims is one of the state’s greatest issues.