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Nigeria: Women Affairs Minister Advocates Death Penalty for Rapists

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has advocated death penalty for convicted rapists in the country.

Maina, who briefed journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday on the performance of her ministry last year, expressed concern that violence against women was on the increase and might have assumed a very worrisome position.

According to her, there are seven to 10 cases of rape reported weekly. "This has reached an alarming rate," she noted, adding that it's necessitating the ministry to embark on sensitising and educating the police on the need to device means of properly prosecuting rapists and arraigning them.

"The ministry is working closely with the police and other security agencies. It is also trying to make the police set up a gender desk in every police station to handle such cases so that serious punishment, perhaps death sentence would be handed to culprits," she explained.

Maina had earlier briefed the FEC on the remarkable feat of the ministry towards attaining the 35 per cent affirmative action in the appointment of women into positions of authority in the country, on which she applauded the policy thrust of the president and the support of his wife.

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