Aisha Buhari reacts to judiciary’s handling of rape cases

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the determination of the judiciary in handling rape cases by ensuring that the victims get justice.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Buhari also applauded the steadfastness and diligence of the prosecution to ensure that perpetrators of rape do not go unpunished.

According to her, punishing perpetrators of the act will serve as a deterrent to others.

The First Lady was reacting to a video she shared on Friday through her Twitter handle (@aishambuhari) showing a clergy who was convicted for raping a 14-year-old girl.

She expressed her view through a hashtag (#TheJudiciaryIsWorking, #JusticeForRapeVictims).

The Police Prosecution Counsel, Mr Simon Lough, in the video footage, said the convict was a pastor to whom the girl being his church member looked up to as a father.

Lough said the court sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment.

”For the first-count of rape is was given seven-years imprisonment while for second-count of attempt to commit abortion he was given five-years imprisonment,” he said.

Mrs. Buhari recently harped on the need for relevant stakeholders, especially the Police, to get involved in tackling rape cases in the society.

She particularly called on the Inspector-General of Police and other stakeholders to ensure that stiffer penalties were meted on perpetrators of rape, especially those who are fond of raping minors.

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