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House of Representatives Approve Life Imprisonment for Rapists & Jail Terms for People Convicted of Performing Female Circumcision



The House of Representatives has approved the recommendations that any person convicted of rape is liable to life imprisonment. This approval was made on Tuesday 5th March 2012 as part of the recommendations of the House of Representatives’ report on a bill for an Act on Violence Against Persons.

Channels TV reports that in addition to the life sentence, persons convicted of gang-raping a victim shall be liable jointly and severally to a minimum of 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The bill also approved 25 years imprisonment for any person who attempts to use chemical, biological or any harmful liquid on another person and that any person convicted of performing female circumcision and general mutilation or engaging someone to carry it out risks four years in jail or a fine not more than N200,000 or both. Aiding female circumcision according to the bill also attracts N100,000 or two years in jail or both.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a member of the House of Reps who presented the 51-clause bill that was extensively considered and adopted by the lawmakers said it has become expedient for the bill to become law going by the rising cases of violence against persons in the country.

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  1. Somebody's Pikin

    March 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Finally!!! I hope bribery doesn’t spoil the good work they have started o……on the implementation level that is! BTW Same life in “prison” should go for people convicted of murder!!!

    • LAvy

      March 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Life in prisonment ShoULd be fOR corrupt Leaders too! EmbezzLIng funds And scentencing others Smh** easy to judge others…When they be dOing wORse things *irarun… Let them pass a death sentence bILL for fraudulent Leaders..then we Know they are serious.. :/

  2. Bunmi

    March 7, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Yes ooo!! Lock dem animals fi jail where they cannot bend over to pick up soap in the bathroom, where they are subject to sexual relations with the same sex(you know Nigerians cannot stand the thought of homosexuality). A sexually aroused inmate will come for that fresh black bumper.

  3. Jo!

    March 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Great news! finally putting our “money” where our mouth is. but just to be clear, 20 years for gang-rape and life imprisonment for rape, or am I getting this wrong? :s

  4. PH Boy

    March 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Alas! These fat rats/ old crooks are finally doing some work. This is probably the best thing to come from them, thanks to Abike Dabiri. Women need more protection, especially with regards to domestic violence, forced marriages, under-age pregnancies e.t.c

  5. Yvonne

    March 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

    This is legit the best news I’ve read today! I only pray it gets strictly upheld. Too many years have gone by in which rape victims are “shamed” and thus women would rather hide crimes against them than report it to the police. I hope with this law in place more women would have the courage to report crimes against them and the male (or female) culprits made to face justice. They may say “it’s a man’s world”, but they tend to forget women are the foundation! Without a solid foundation, nothing can withstand the test of time.

  6. sista

    March 7, 2013 at 7:21 am

    finally soo glad!

  7. meah

    March 7, 2013 at 7:22 am

    While i appreciate the fact that our legislators seem to be doing some measure of work to justify their outsized earnings, it must be noted that the offence of rape has always carried a sentence of life imprisonment under the criminal code. The problem has never really been about the sentence imposed, but our slow system of justice and the cultural stigma attached to the victims, which makes it difficult for the victims or their families to actually pursue prosecution.

    I know everyone wants to be seen as championing the cause of the downtrodden but these national assembly people need to be more ingenious in making laws. making a fanfare for promulgating an existing punishment is playing to the gallery. smh.

  8. Right!

    March 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Scam! The offence of rape has ALWAYS carried a life sentence under our laws. No need to act like they’ve performed some sort of wonder. These people should go and rest abeg. RME

    • obitalk

      March 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

      so if its always been there why did it just get approved. Pls can some one explain. What I on the other hand have always known is that rape is six years in Nigeria so maybe there is something you are not telling us. And yes conviction is the main problem.


    March 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Now what about the Police who frustrates prosecution or the Magistrate that delays judgment? Nigerians need to hear about strict penalties for those that don’t adhere to this new law.

  10. Bimbo

    March 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Am so glad.

  11. Someone

    March 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Implementation has always been the issue. What is penalty for embezzlement?

  12. asaba

    March 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    that is good,but the government should do more to that, not to say it but they should act to punish the offended

  13. HRS

    March 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Great news!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. pynk

    March 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    is jail the way forward for female circumcision? isnt it education?

  15. pareto

    March 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    lets take the” chaff from the wheat “thus our leader should stop fooling around and in as much as 25 years jail term is awaiting whose so ever has committed it so shall life imprisonment be given to any public officers/politicians who has engaged in stealing of money from the goverment pause….i will put a stop here now, i’ll write again soon.

  16. pareto

    March 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    lets take the chaff from the wheat” thus, our leader should stop fooling around perhaps, in as much as 25years jail term should be awarded against a person that commited a rape offence. therefore, i will suggest that a life imprisonment/death sentence should be confiscated against any public officer/politician who has engaged in sharp practice of stealing from the government’s pocket which i simply refer to as goverment of the cabal,by the cabal for the cabal “ole’ o ba yeje, jegudu- jera, jati jati

  17. ANON

    March 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I am bringing out my whole soul to fight this cause with the way sex is so cheap.Som beast still indulge in gang rape.Am fighting the cause ooo.Any culprit found I must report to d authorities

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