14-Year Jail Term For Rape, Same Sex Relationship In Kano

Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has signed into law the State Penal Code amendment which proscribed a minimum jail term of 14 years for rape, homosexualism and lesbianism, as well as a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for same offences.

The law, according to the governor, also sets aside bigger punishment for teachers who seduce students or engage in any immoral act with them, expressing optimism that the law would deter people from committing sex-related offences.

The governors equally signed into law the State Appropriation Amendment Law 2014 to the tune of N23.7 billion. The State legislature assented to the bill last week after thorough deliberation.

According to to the governor, the amendment was within the approved 2014, pointing out that some funds were transferred from one unit to another so as to make the budget tally with existing government policies, especially for the completion of various projects in the state.

Kwankwaso who made this known during 174th Executive Council meeting of the State held at Council Chamber of the Government House on Thursday restated determination to complete all projects before the expiration of his tenure in 2015.

In another development, Governor Kwankwaso has called on the teeming masses in the state to collect their permanent voters’ card to enable them participate actively in the forthcoming general elections.

According to him, the exercise was very paramount in any democratic dispensation, stressing that it was the main instrument that would bring about positive change in the leadership of the country in 2015.

Kwankwaso said it was necessary for all eligible citizens to exercise their civic duty, adding that by duly registering and collecting the voters’ card, the state would to continue to have the largest number of voters in the country.

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