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Akwa Ibom: Rapists to Get Life Imprisonment


Governor Emmaneul Udom has marked the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law , VAPPL, 2020, which engages judges to hand down life detainment to anybody sentenced for assault in Akwa Ibom state.

The state’s magistrate for agriculture and women affairs, Glory Edet who talked after the Governor consented the bill, said it is planned for demoralizing the rise of violence in the general public.

“I think this is one of the best things that has happened to protect the female gender and as the commissioner overseeing women matters , I believe the women of Akwa Ibom, the children and even our men are happy because this law will really teach 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 gender. 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.”

The law likewise gives 14 years Imprisonment to culprits of sex based violence and any sort of sexual offense other than assault. Sensitisation and mindful awareness on the new law will soon be implemented.