By Omeiza Ajayi
Amid considerations as to the rising wave of rape in addition to debates on the most effective type of punishment to be meted to rapists, Minister of State within the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has opposed the choice of a demise penalty, advocating as a substitute that offenders be castrated.
The minister made the decision in Abuja shortly after the distribution of palliative objects to the management 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 carefully with safety businesses and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) to push for critical institutional framework that will guarantee justice is served, stressing that members of the neighborhood can be engaged within the battle towards rape particularly of minors.
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Special Assistant on Media to the minister, Austin Elemue in an announcement mentioned Dr Aliyu described rape of minors as a heinous crime, sustaining that demise penalty was not the most effective of choice for offenders.
According to her, “We will contain each member of the neighborhood on this battle towards rape. Just just lately, we have been searching for one offender, and positively we’ll nip it within the bud. And together with all the safety outfits, NAPTIP, within the Federal Capital Territory, we’re protecting watch, and for any offender that we get, we’ll take it to any size to make sure that he’s not match to stay.
“We are also pushing for serious institutional framework that will ensure that justice is done. It is not enough to just jail such a person, definitely punishment like castration will do. When we kill them, they die and not remembering anything, therefore they should be castrated and roam the streets and remain inactive”.
Aliyu used the event to enchantment to leaders of the organizations to make sure that the palliative objects get to the susceptible, assuring that in no distant time Nigeria can be free from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been going spherical and spherical within the distribution of palliatives within the Federal Capital Territory. But I do know you will need to have been questioning why we have now not come to those that actually labour, those that actually spare their time to make sure that we succeed.
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“It is not because we did not appreciate your contributions, but because we have to take the battle to the poorest of the poor who are domiciled in the rural areas. We combed every part of the territory to ensure that the message of President Muhammadu Buhari gets to them,” she acknowledged.
Responding, the President of FCT Council of National Council of Women Societies, Hajia Hadiza Umar, thanked the FCT Administration for the sort gesture, simply as she assured that the objects can be distributed amongst widows within the society.
The assertion added that whereas the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) FCT Chapter obtained 1000 luggage of 5kg rice and 1000 luggage of condiments, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), FCT, 1000 luggage of 5kg rice and 1000 luggage of condiments, the Nigerian Football Coaches Association, FCT chapter received 80 luggage of 5kg rice and 80 luggage of condiments.