Rapists face life imprisonment in Akwa Ibom

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…as Govt begins implementing ‘Power for All’ electrification tasks

Rape suspects in Akwa Ibom State could withstand life imprisonment following the signing of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, VAPPL, 2020 by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

This legislation will allow judges handy down life imprisonment to anybody convicted of rape henceforth within the state.

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Speaking after the invoice was assented to by the Governor, the Dean of Commissioners and Commissioner for Agriculture and Women Affairs, Dr. Glory Edet, describes VAPPL as a sledgehammer for rapists and perpetrators of gender-based violence, sustaining that the Law has clearly spelled out punishment for such offenses.

“I believe this is likely one of the finest issues that has occurred to guard the feminine gender and because the Commissioner overseeing girls issues, I imagine the ladies of Akwa Ibom, the kids, and even our males are completely satisfied as a result of this legislation will actually train defaulters a lesson.

“This law allows for the implementation of a lot of things we were praying for and prescribes stiffer punishment for violators of the Child’s Right Act, perpetrators of violence against citizens of both genders. Before now violators of the female gender had some years to spend in prison but VAPPL recommends life imprisonment to really deal with the offenders and discourage the spate of violence in our society”, she said.

Dr. Edet famous that sensitization and consciousness campaigns on the brand new legislation will quickly kick begin.

Also talking, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko mentioned the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law (VAPPL) 2020, offers a penalty of a life sentence for rapists.

He revealed the legislation additionally offers 14 years imprisonment for perpetrators of gender-based violence and any type of sexual offense apart from rape.

Meanwhile, the state authorities is commencing electrification of 265 communities but to be linked to the nationwide grid.

The Commissioner for Information Mr. Charles Udoh disclosed the federal government’s intention to hyperlink all communities within the state to the nationwide grid.

According to him, to realize this, the state Executive Council has mandated the Bureau of Rural Development and Cooperative to start electrification of 265 villages which can be with out electrical energy to facilitate the actualization of Power For-All Initiative by the state authorities on the finish of 2021.

“You are conscious that there are 2274 gazetted villages in Akwa Ibom State, from that quantity it was reported that 265 villages unfold throughout 27 Local Government Areas within the State are with out electrical energy, so in pursuance of the dream to realize energy for all initiative by 2021, Exco has accredited the graduation of the electrification tasks in these villages.

“However, the electrification of the 265 villages will be done in phases base on budgetary provisions and through direct labour,” he mentioned.


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