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El-Rufai declares war on rapists in Kaduna

Angered by the rising cases of rape of minors in Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday declared war on rapists, saying his administration will henceforth…

Angered by the rising cases of rape of minors in Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday declared war on rapists, saying his administration will henceforth follow any reported case to conclusion irrespective of whose ox is gored.

El-Rufai who spoke through his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan lamented activities of rapists in the state, saying his administration will employ all legal means to deal with the menace.

According to him, a bill to is currently being worked upon by the State Assembly to address the issue of rape.

It was reported yesterday that a 24years old man, Haruna Tukur has been remanded in prison custody for defiling a six-year old girl in Kaduna.

The accused was said to have lured the little girl to an uncompleted building in Malali and had an unlawful sex with her.

Governor El-Rufai however disclosed that the 19 northern states governments are currently reviewing the penal code to replace the obsolete punitive measures attached to cases of rape in the region while he urged distressed persons to reach security operatives in the state on the following numbers: 08064810576, 08050366625 for prompt intervention.

"The issue of rape has gone beyond adults alone as it used to be, as minors are now falling victim by the day. The state government is giving a lot of priority to security through multi dimensional approach to nip the menace in the bud. One of the measures is to ensure that all laws related to issues of crime in the state including rape are strengthened by a way of improving the capacity of the judiciary," he said.

He therefore called on the media to join in its massive public enlightenment on rape to sensitize both victims and mothers who find themselves in such situation.

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