The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill prohibiting all forms of violence against persons and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims.
The bill stipulates that perpetrators of rape would get life imprisonment to serve as a deterrent to others in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, who is also the sponsor of the bill, announced its passage of the bill into law during the House proceedings in Lafia, the state capital.
Ibrahim thanked his colleagues for supporting the bill to see the light of the day.
“This is a bill that I have personally sponsored. The bill, if assented to, will address the issue of violence against all persons in the state.
According to him, the bill has provided that an offender, who is less than 14-years of age, is liable to a maximum of 14-years imprisonment.
He said, “Depriving a person of his or her right(s) except through a court order is an offence in law. For the offence of rape, in the bill as strongly opposed, a stiffer punishment of life imprisonment is the will of the public; therefore, life imprisonment is recommended.”