The Jigawa State Government has approved the Child Protection Law which prescribed death penalty for child rapists.
With the law, anyone convicted of raping a child below the age of 10 will be sentenced to a mandatory death penalty without option of fine.
The development was disclosed on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Justice and the Attorney General, Dr Musa Adamu, at a press briefing in Dutse, the state capital.
“Earlier this year the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, 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″, the Commissioner said.
He said 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 2 acts of gross indecency; 20 armed robberies while road traffic offences 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 49 defendants were discharged and acquitted”, he added.
Adamu called for the use of technology to reduce the delay in criminal litigation which he says is one of the major challenges the judiciary is facing in the state.