The Jigawa State Government has enacted the child protection law that prescribes the death penalty for rapists without the option of life imprisonment.
Dr Musa Adamu, the Commissioner for Justice and the Attorney General, disclosed this on Wednesday during an end-of-the-year press briefing in Dutse, the state capital.
According to him, anyone convicted of raping a child below the age of 10 shall be sentenced to death with no other option.
“Earlier this year the Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has signed the Violence Against Prohibition Bill which prescribed the death penalty for rapists but with the option of life imprisonment. But recently the government has also signed the child protection law which prescribed the death penalty for anyone that raped a child below the age of 10,” Dr Musa said.
He explained that the ministry had received “a total number of 196 case diaries while 178 pieces of legal advice were prepared in respect of the case diaries, received.
Out of the total number of the case diaries, 90 were rape cases; 27 culpable homicides; sodomy has 31; kidnapping and abduction have a total number of 18 cases; incest two; two acts of gross indecency; 20 armed robberies while road traffic offenses have two cases.”
“The ministry has prosecuted and defended a total number of 25 appeals before Court of Appeal, Kano Division, and has also completed the prosecution of 83 criminal trials before eight High Courts at Birnin Kudu, Dutse, Gumel Hadejia, Kazaure and Ringim. 34 convictions and Forty-Nine (49) defendants were discharged and acquitted,” he added.
The Commissioner also lamented the delay in criminal litigation as one of the major challenges of the ministry, which he said is not peculiar to Jigawa State.
Adamu noted that the problems associated with the delay in criminal litigation can be reduced by the proper use of technology.