By Valuable Igbonwelundu, Lagos; Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti; Toba Adedeji, Osogbo, and Onimisi Alao, Yola 

Frontline lawyer and founding father of Afe Babalola College, Ado-Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, has lent his voice to the widespread condemnation of rape, a scourge ravaging the nation.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) stated one option to curb the menace may very well be chopping off the penis of rape offenders.

In a press release launched on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Babalola stated rape constitutes a risk to humanity, including that the federal authorities ought to declare a state of emergency on it.

The authorized icon recalled the instances of College of Benin scholar Vera Omozuwa, and Barakat Bello of the Institute of Agriculture, Analysis & Coaching, Ibadan, who had been each gang-raped and killed.

He stated, “The prevalence of rape instances will not be solely alarming, however worrisome. It’s worrisome within the sense that it’s inconceivable {that a} male might forcefully rape somebody and goes additional to kill her. Immediately, now we have instances the place fathers rape their daughters which to me, is irregular. We now have younger males raping younger women and killing them, why?

“Each involved Nigerian is nervous by the issue. You’ll be able to think about your daughter going to high school and he or she gang-raped. That is completely unacceptable and we must always rise with one voice to struggle the menace.”

Sokoto State recorded 155 rape instances between January and June this 12 months, the commandant of the state’s Hisbah Fee, Dr Adamu Kasarawa, stated on Wednesday.

Kasarawa was talking at a capacity-building discussion board for male advocates and champions in opposition to sexual and gender-based violence, organised by Sultan Basis for Peace and Improvement in Sokoto.

“In sustaining the struggle in opposition to rapists, the Lagos police command has within the final one month arrested 30 suspects for rape and defilement,” Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu stated on Wednesday on the command headquarters, Ikeja.

Among the many rape suspects was 27-year-old Adeniyi Ajayi alias Ogologo who beforehand served a jail time period.

Ajayi was stated to have robbed and raped many ladies, generally within the presence of their husbands.

He reportedly as soon as entered an organization premises, gagged the workers, stole from them and sexually harassed the ladies, telling them that he had different members of his gang exterior the constructing.

In Osogbo, the Osun State capital, police yesterday arraigned a 50-year-old man, Aina Taiwo earlier than a Magistrates’ Courtroom for alleged try to rape a faculty instructor.

The suspect pleaded not responsible, and the Justice of the Peace, Mr Opeyemi Badmus, adjourned the case to July 9.

In Kano a person additionally appeared in courtroom charged with raping three ladies.

In Adamawa, police paraded 23 individuals charged with rape and homosexuality.

One Oman Suleiman, 46, additionally appeared earlier than a excessive courtroom within the Federal Capital Territory Abuja charged with sexually assaulting his two daughters.

In Kano a excessive courtroom on Wednesday sentenced one Abdullahi Magaji to 14-years jail time period for raping a six-year-old woman.

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