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FCT Minister advocates stiffer penalties for rapists

The Minister of State for Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called for stiffer penalties against rapists to check the increasing cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence in the nation at large and the FCT in particular.

The Minister who made the call in Abuja advocated that rapists should be castrated to serve as a deterrent to others.

She made the call shortly after the distribution of palliatives to the leadership of the FCT National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) FCT chapter and Nigeria Football Association of Coaches, FCT chapter, for onward distribution to identified vulnerable among them as part of measures to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

Aliyu revealed that the FCT Administration was working closely with security agencies and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) to push for a serious institutional framework that would ensure justice is served.

She stressed that members of the community would be engaged in the battle against rape, especially of minors.

The Minister who described the rape of minors as a heinous crime maintained that death penalty was not the best option for offenders, arguing that when a society chooses to kill such offenders, they die not remembering the crime they have committed against humanity.

According to her, “We will involve every member of the community in this battle against rape. Just recently, we are in search of one offender, and definitely we will nip it in the bud. And in conjunction with all the security outfits, NAPTIP, in the Federal Capital Territory, we are in the watch, and for any offender that we get, we will take it to any length to ensure that he is not fit to live”.

The FCT State Minister used the occasion to appeal to the leaders to ensure that the palliative items get to the vulnerable, assuring that in no distance time Nigeria would be free from this COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been going round and round in the distribution of palliative items in the Federal Capital Territory. But I know you must have wondering why we have not come to those who really laboured, those who really spare their time to ensure that we succeed.

“It is not because we did not appreciate your contributions, but because we have to take the battle to the poorest of the poor who domicile in the rural areas. We combed every part of the territory to ensure that the message of President Muhammad Buhari gets to them,” she stated.

In her response, the President of FCT Council of National Council of Women Societies, Hajia Hadiza Umar, thanked the FCT Administration for the kind gesture, just as she assured that the items would be distributed among the widows in the society.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) FCT Chapter received 1000 bags of 5kg rice and 1000 bags of condiments, the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), FCT, 1000 bags of 5kg rice and 1000 bags of condiments, while the Nigerian Football Coaches Association, FCT chapter, got 80 bags of 5kg rice and 80 bags of condiments.

Source: Voice of Nigeria