…As El-Rufai signs new law with stiff penalty for rapists***
The Wife of the Oyo state governor, Mrs Tamunominini Makinde, says the state government remains determined to protect the rights of widows and also empower them to face challenges of life.
A statement from the Office of the governor’s wife, on Wednesday in Ibadan, indicated that she said this in commemoration of the 2020 International Widow’s Day.
Makinde noted that the present government in the state had the interest of widows at heart and would continue to make policies to empower them.
According to her, the welfare of widows remain a priority for the government of Oyo State.
“Widows, all over the world, face a lot of hardship such as, getting their daily needs and to care for their children.
“In some cases, widows are forced to partake in harmful and degrading traditional practices.
“As widows struggle to meet their daily needs in developing countries like Nigeria, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, their basic need for survival has increased.
“So, today, as we celebrate widows, we call for more solid plans; they can benefit from and be empowered so as to provide for themselves and their children,” She said.
She further encouraged widows to boost their self-worth instead of resorting to self-pity.
The governor’s wife used the occasion to present food items such as rice, beans, vegetable oil and cash to some widows in attendance.
In another development, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday signed the State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020, which provides stiff penalty for rapists.
The law provides surgical castration and removal of Fallopian tubes for male and female convicts respectively upon conviction of raping a child.
The principal law, the Penal Code Law No. 5 of Kaduna State 2017, was amended by substituting Section 258, to now provide that, “whoever commits rape of a child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall on conviction, be punished with Surgical Castration and death.
“Whoever has sexual intercourse with a male child below the age of fourteen years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.
“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.
“Where the victim is above fourteen years, the Court shall on conviction sentence the accused with a punishment of surgical castration and life imprisonment.
“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.
“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.
“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.”