Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, said on Thursday his administration would soon amend the state’s laws to include castration of convicted rapists.
The governor, who disclosed this when he hosted the Minister of Women Affairs and Child Development, Pauline Tallen, said with the increasing cases of rape in the state, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition bill which he recently signed into law will be taken to the State House of Assembly for an amendment to include the castration of rapists.
Mohammed said: “The VAPP law has been signed and there are some impurities there and implementation is going to be very, very hard. I assure you that we will start the implementation.
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“Areas where we find out that the punishments are not adequate the way Kaduna did, we will amend it to include those aspects so that castration will also be part of our own (VAPP law).
“Honestly, I think we better destroy the instrument of rape by going for castration because even when I pardon somebody, I discovered that he was a serial rapist.”
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on September 26 signed into law the new State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020.
The law stipulates surgical castration and removal of Fallopian tubes for any male or female found guilty of raping a child in the state.