Nigeria should amend her rape laws to extend from more than imprisonment of culprits to outright castration.
Legal luminary and Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, who made the proposal also called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on rape matters.
Justifying his position, Babalola who spoke in Ado-Ekiti said that the society is worried by the prevalence of rape, emphasized that castrating perpetrators of rape cannot be said to be too much bearing in mind the physical, psychological and emotional pains they inflict on their victims and their families.
Recalling the case of the 22-year old Vera Omozuwa, a 100 Level Student of the University of Benin and that of the 19-year old Barakat Bello, a student of the Institute of Agriculture, Research & Training, Ibadan who were raped and murdered, the legal colossus said the society cannot afford to fold its arms and watch the alarming and worrisome situation to continue unchecked.
His words: “The prevalence of rape cases is not only alarming, but worrisome. It is worrisome in the sense that it is inconceivable that a male could forcefully rape someone and goes further to kill her. Today, we have cases where fathers rape their daughters which to me, is abnormal. We have young men raping young girls and killing them, why?”
He Added: “Every concerned Nigerian is worried by the problem. You can imagine your daughter going to school and she is gang-raped. This is totally unacceptable and we should rise with one voice to fight the menace.
”In my days, when I was young, rape was unknown. There were no super rich people but there was no poverty. To me, poverty is one reason why people rape. An unemployed person who is also poor will find it difficult to have a lady friend or wife and when he has desire and there is no means, he can be pushed to raping a lady”
He blamed the frequent cases of rape and murder on use of drug, stressing that anyone on drugs cannot be presumed to be normal which may have been responsible for some fathers raping their own children.
He also frowned at some herbalists who assure people that making use of women’s underwear or cutting parts of a lady’s genitals could make them rich.
Concluding, he said the society would recover from the scourge of rape through constant vigilance, observance of religious tenet of being our brothers (and sisters) keepers, provision of employment and avoidance of drug as well as a timely end of the ravaging Corona Virus.