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Thursday, 7 March 2013

The penalty of Rape in Nigeria is now Life Imprisonment

On Tuesday 5th March, The House of Representatives approved life imprisonment for any person convicted of rape. They also approved a minimum of 20 years without an option of fine for persons convicted of gang raping someone.  The bill was sponsored by Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who also approved 25 years imprisonment for any person who attempted to use chemical, biological or any harmful liquid on another person. (e.g pouring acid on anyone).

The bill also approved 4 years in jail or a fine not more than N200,000 or both for any person convicted of performing female circumcision and general mutilation or engaging someone to carry it out. Aiding female circumcision attracts N100, 000 or two years in jail or both.

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