The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has asked the Federal Government to legalise the use of stun guns and pepper spray for females as defence items against rape.
The monarch, in a statement on Saturday by his media aide, Alli Ibrahim, condemned incessant cases of rape in the society.
He also urged the nation’s lawmakers to come up with stricter penalties for rapists in order to protect the pride of Nigerian females.
Oluwo stated: “The reported cases of rape are alarming and call for serious concern by responsible stakeholders.
“Apart from constitutional penalty against rapists, I want to charge the government to consider legalization of the use of stun guns and pepper spray by females as protective items against unapproved sexual attempts.
“Many ladies were raped and killed. I’ve strong trust that the items, when approved for females, will protect them against such an unjust treatment and return sanctity to our society.
“By that, the constitutional provision is a long term punishment; while pepper spray and stun gun are short term defence measures.
“The defence instruments could form part of females’ accessories in their hand bags and purses.
“There are training sessions available overseas even in South Africa for females to learn how to use it in warding off attackers”
“Rapists are coward animals and not human. The trauma of their victims is an eternal curse of no remedy.
“Raped victims are no doubt mentally disturbed and emotionally imbalanced.”