Governor Muhammad Abubakar of Jigawa State has assented to the bill stipulating death sentence for rapists.
The Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF) had approved capital punishment for rape cases in their respective states.
The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law stipulates the death penalty for rape convicts who infect their victims with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a precursor for the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
It was gathered that the House of Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday and transmitted it to the governor for assent.
While assenting to the bill, Governor Abubakar commended the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Aliyu, as well as the state’s council of Ulamas for a sound working collaboration leading to the passage of the bill.
The governor said he assented to the bill after consultation with the Ulamas, who assured that no section of the law was in conflict with the Islamic tenets and culture of the Jigawa people.
The law also stipulated that the Sharia law would take precedence if any matter in the new law contradicted Islamic teachings.
Chairman, Jigawa Council of Ulamas, Bashir Ahmad, said the new law was scrutinised by the religious body to ensure that ambiguous sections not in conformity with Islam were removed.
The new law also provides that rape victim(s) be compensated with not less than N500,000, while the court would order the offender to be subjected to public shame through the mass media.
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