Rapists To Face Life Imprisonment

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Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police
Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police

The Chairman House Committee on Human Rights, Hon. Beni Lar, said on Wednesday that rapists would face life imprisonment once the current Violence Against Persons Bill became law.

Lar, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said the National Assembly had decided to expedite action on the passage of the bill, considering the increasing prevalence of rape in the country.

She pointed out that the bill would not only protect rape victims but equally provide protection for victims of violence including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic, harmful traditional practices and discrimination.

“My only concern is that in our laws today, the punishment for rape is very light and that is why you find people committing rape against children, it’s unfortunate.

“It is because of issues like this that it has come to the attention of the National Assembly that we have the Violence against Persons Bill.

“It is a bill that seeks to eliminate violence in private and public life, to prohibit all forms of violence including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic, harmful traditional practices, discrimination against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment for offenders.

“Part one of this bill, which has passed second reading in the House, defines a rapist as one who intentionally violates another person and the conviction for this offence is life imprisonment.

“The National Assembly is seeking to stiffen punishment for rape because the punishment has been so light. People feel they can do it easily and get away with it but once this bill is passed you would think twice before committing rape because they can go to jail for life.“

The chairman stressed that the law would not exempt couples caught in the act of rape, adding that women deserved their respect and right to life.

She called on friends and relatives of victims of domestic violence as well as victims themselves to break the culture of silence by reporting rape cases.

She said the law could only take full course when cases of rape were reported to law enforcement agencies, particularly the Police.

Lar urged people to desist from the stigmatisation of victims, adding that stigmatisation was largely responsible for the culture of silence.

She also said that people always took advantage of the culture of silence to rape those related to them, adding that “it would no longer be business as usual with the passage of the law”.

“Why we have an increase in this violence is because we have a culture of silence. Most of the people that commit acts of violence against women are people that are known to women.

“For instance domestic violence. Is either your spouse, or in cases of rape, especially the rape of infants, its mainly people around them, their guardians, their wards, so called family friends and people who are known to them .

“All of these contribute to increase in cases of violence but I’m happy that now women are beginning to speak out. For instance, recently the case of the very unfortunate incidence that happened in Abuja where unidentified soldiers raped about four different women, one of them being a married woman for no reason at all.

“First of all those soldiers were not even mandated to pick up so called prostitutes. That was not within their mandate. They were posted on a different assignment somewhere and they decided to be mischievous and of course their target was women.

“I am very happy that they did not get away with it. Right now they are facing trial in a court of law. “They’ve been dismissed from the army because they went beyond their duty and if they are found to be guilty by the court, of course they would face the punishment.”


  1. HENRY

    this could be a strong weapon in the hands of deceitful ladies. I think 10yrs imprisonment is ok. Most times, rape cases occur because of the ladies actions. It could be implemented in too forms…maybe 10yrs for Adults (18yr and above) and a stiffer penalty of 16yrs for kids and minors. (<18). I am no rapist, but I know that rape should be no reason for life sentence.
    On my thoughtful solution, I think one good way of killing this monster called rape is by banning the sell of Pornographic films and promotion of infant education on sex.

  2. Yomi Oloko

    Once again our law makers are playing to the gallery. It is the same law makers who are organising a pro Lawan demonstration not wanting him brought to justice and the same law makers that have said nothing on the incident of the pension thief who stole billions of Naira only to be given a N750,000 fine.
    So how about life imprisonment for corrupt legislators, judges and civil servants?
    Until then Nigerians refused to be deceived by our blood sucking, money grabbing politicians and law makers.

  3. Oduma

    Until we introduce the death penalty to some of these atrocities, we can never make any progress.

  4. Asunder

    Good step, yes i agree let it be so for rapist, also am wait to see such for any person used ACID on another person no matter the reason.



  6. Tayo

    Good, but it doesnt make sense if drug and corruption is not carrying a life imprisonment. It is given expedite action because it is unlikely our lawmakers who can pay for as many women as they desire will be caught in the web. They should expedite action on laws that will jail corrupt public office holders for life. HYPOCRI

  7. Jide

    Rape,armed robbery,drug,murder and corruption should carry death penalty.QED

  8. naubiko

    Couldn’t Agree more …!! but how about those stealing billions of Naira in govt…I bet they deserve a slap on the wrist….

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