Nigeria: Kaduna Assembly Approves Castration As Punishment for Rapists

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11 September 2020

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has approved castration as punishment for those convicted of rape.

This follows the passage of a bill to amend the Kaduna state penal court law, 2017, by the lawmakers. The assembly, which announced the development via its Twitter handle yesterday, said the bill was passed into law on Wednesday.

"The Bill Recommend total Castration for Rapist in the State," the assembly tweeted.

TheCable observed that the tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted but the majority leader of the assembly also tweeted about the development.

"A bill to amend the Kaduna State Penal Court Law No.5 of 2017 has yesterday 09/09/2020 been pass into Law by @Kadlegislature. The Bill Recommend total Castration for Rapist in the State," the tweet read.

Currently, the state penal law provides for 21 years of imprisonment for rape of an adult and life imprisonment in the case of a child.

It is not immediately clear if there are provisions against female rapists in the new bill.

It was passed about two months after the state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, advocated a stiff punishment, lamenting that convicts often rape more persons after serving their jail term.

"In addition to life imprisonment or 21 years' imprisonment, anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that even after he finishes his term, he will not be able to rape anyone again," the governor had said.

"So long as the tool exists, there is the likelihood that he may go back to do it again. Most of the perpetrators are young people, so even after 21 years, they can come back and continue."

He had also said the state would expunge the provision for bail conditions for rape convicts.

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