Rape: El-Rufai Takes Measures To Deal With Rapists
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said he will not leave any stone unturned in dealing with rapists, considering the increase in reported rape issues in the state; saying, all legal means will be employed to deal with them as a bill to that effect is currently being worked out by the state Assembly.
El-Rufai also added that, distressed people can now reach the security operatives in the State through these numbers: 08064810576, 08050366625 for prompt intervention.
The governor made this known on Friday through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, at the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna.
According to him, the 19 Northern states governments are currently reviewing Penal Code, in order to replace the obsolete punitive measures attached to cases of rape in the region. He added that, the issue of rape has even gone beyond adult but minors are now falling victims by the day.
He said, “The State government is giving a lot of priority to security through multi dimensional approaches to nip the menace in the bud. “We are recording success in the fight against kidnapping and other vices since this administration came on board.
“One measure the government has taken is the will to ensure that all laws that are related to issues of crime in the State, including rape, are strengthened by a way of improving the capacity of the judiciary.
“Witness to justice bill is already being worked upon. When finally signed into law, the bill will strengthen and protect people, who have information regarding rape. As a government, we will continue to do our best to ensure safer Kaduna State.
“It may also interest you to know that the 19 Northern state governors are currently reviewing the Penal Code, which will also address the issue of rape and penalties, because some of the penalties contained therein are no longer stringent enough in this century,” he stressed.
The governor also cited an example of arraignment of one Haruna Tukur, 24, who raped a six-year old child as a proof to show government’s seriousness in fighting the menace; adding that a woman, who also specialized in organising minors for old men to abuse – for reasons best known to them – will also be arraigned in court soon.
He, however, urged the media to enlighten the public, especially on rape, so that those who find themselves in that kind of situation can report without fear accordingly, as the government is committed to following up any reported case to a meaningful conclusion, no matter who is involved.