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CRIME: Rapists to face life imprisonment in Akwa Ibom



Rape suspects in Akwa Ibom State may face up to life imprisonment following the signing of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law , VAPPL, 2020 by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

This law will enable judges to hand down life imprisonment to anyone convicted of rape henceforth in the state.

Speaking after the bill was assented to by the Governor, the Dean of Commissioners and Commissioner for Agriculture and Women Affairs, Dr. Glory Edet, describes VAPPL as a sledge hammer for rapists and perpetrators of gender-based violence , maintaining that the Law has clearly spelt out punishment for such offences.

“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”, she stated.

Dr. Edet noted that sensitization and awareness campaign on the new law will soon kick start.

Also speaking, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko said Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law (VAPPL) 2020, provides penalty of a life sentence for rapists.

He revealed the law also provides 14 years imprisonment for perpetrators of gender-based violence and any kind of sexual offence other than rape.