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Nasarawa Assembly passes life imprisonment bill for rapists

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed a Bill for a Law to Prohibit all Forms of Violence Against Persons and Provide Maximum Protection and Effective Remedies for Victims.

Nasarawa State House of Assembly
The bill stipulates that perpetrators of rape are to get life imprisonment to serve as deterrent to others and for peace to reign in the state.

The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, also the Sponsor of the bill, announced its passage during proceedings in Lafia on Monday.

The speaker thanked members for supporting the bill, saying the bill, if assented to, will address the issue of violence against all persons in the state.

The speaker said that the bill provided for an offender less than 14 years of age to be liable to a maximum of 14 years’ imprisonment.

Abdullahi directed the Clerk of the House to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor’s assent.

Earlier, the Majority Leader of the House, Alhaji Tanko Tunga, moved a motion for the passage of the bill into law.

The Minority Leader of the House, Danladi Jatau, seconded the motion and the House unanimously passed the bill.

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