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Life Imprisonment for Rapists in Yobe State

The Governor of Yobe State Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam on Monday 10th September 2018 signed into law life imprisonment and 25-year jail term for the rape of minors and adults respectively.

The governor while signing this bill in Damaturu said that his government is taking this proactive step in view of the rampant “rape cases, kidnapping and unnatural offenses being reported across the state and the country.” (Daily Post NG).

“Whoever commits rape, where the victim is a minor, shall be punished with imprisonment for life and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed for a term of 25 years,” he said.

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The also states that anyone found guilty of kidnapping will face a 14-year jail term.

“Whoever commits rape, where the victim is a minor, shall be punished with imprisonment for life and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed for a term of 25 years,” he said.

Ibrahim Geidam added that the court shall also compensate victims of rape appropriating and depending on the circumstances surrounding each incident.

The law he said is to show his administration’s commitment to the speedy dispensation of justice to attain a peaceful, egalitarian, disciplined and prosperous society.

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