Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, has warned that anyone found guilty of rape in the state will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Owoeye, during plenary on Thursday, said the rise in the number of rape cases in Nigeria was worrisome, noting that the problem must be nipped in the bud.
The Speaker said, “Osun has enacted a law that imposes stiffer sentences on perpetrators of rape.
“Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11, Laws of Osun state, 2002 prescribes a life sentence on anyone found guilty of committing rape, while an attempt to commit rape attracts imprisonment of fourteen years.
“I have taken my time to study the anti-rape laws across the country. I have also met with several groups who are at the forefront of the campaign against rape.
He added, “While praying to God to repose the soul of victims of rape, I stand with those who are alive and hope that the victims get justice.
“I am well aware of the two recent cases in our state, the one involving a traditional ruler who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man who was arraigned for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.
“I want to charge our law enforcement agencies to diligently prosecute cases of rape.
“With too many instances, we must begin to hold people accountable no matter how highly placed they are.”