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Governor Masari Seeks Better Protection Of Rape Victims

Abdulrahman Umar  
Updated August 21, 2020
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari speaks to the Trude Union Congress members and women during a rally in Katsina on August 20, 2020.

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has asked security agencies to give maximum protection to victims who testify to rape.

The governor made the appeal on Thursday when he addressed a rally organised by the Trade Union Congress in collaboration with the women commission in Katsina.

According to him, there are many ways a woman can testify without really disclosing her real identity.

Governor Masari asked the law enforcement agencies to expedite action on those that are being detained.

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Speaking further, he reminded people in the state that the consequences of keeping quiet on rape cases mean one had aided, abetted and helped rapists to escape justice.

“Since last year, the state government through the House of Assembly enacted a law in order to prescribe two punishments – rape with murder is capital punishment, death.

“Rape without murder will attract life imprisonment. So I appeal to the law enforcement agencies in particular to expedite action on those that are being detained.

“However, one of the problems which you need to talk to women about is that if you are raped, you know the person who raped you and you keep quiet, you are allowing him to rape another woman,” he said.