Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has signed the State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020, which provides stiff penalty for rapists.
It introduces stricter punishments than the previous law which carried a maximum penalty of 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child.
The law provides surgical castration and removal of Fallopian tubes for male and female convicts of raping a child.
The principal law, the Penal Code Law No. 5 of Kaduna State 2017, was amended by substituting Section 258, to now provide that, “whoever commits rape of a child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall on conviction, be punished with Surgical Castration and death.
Under the amended law, the punishment for the rape of a person older than 14 years will include surgical castration or removal of fallopian tubes, but the death penalty shall not apply.
In addition, such convicts will be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published by the Attorney-General of the state.