Amid concerns as to the growing wave of rape as well as debates on the best form of punishment to be meted to rapists, Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has opposed the option of a death penalty, advocating instead that offenders be castrated.
The minister made the call in Abuja shortly after the distribution of palliative items to the leadership of FCT National Council of Women Societies NCWS, Nigeria Labour Congress NLC FCT chapter and Nigeria Football Association of Coaches FCT chapter.
Aliyu, revealed that the FCT Administration was working closely with security agencies and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) to push for serious institutional framework that would ensure justice is served, stressing that members of the community would be engaged in the battle against rape especially of minors.
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Special Assistant on Media to the minister, Austin Elemue in a statement said Dr Aliyu described rape of minors as a heinous crime, maintaining that death penalty was not the best of option for offenders.
According to her, “We will involve every member of the community in this battle against rape. Just recently, we were in search of one offender, and definitely we will nip it in the bud. And in conjunction with all the security outfits, NAPTIP, in the Federal Capital Territory, we are keeping watch, and for any offender that we get, we will take it to any length to ensure that he is not fit to live.