Following increased cases of rape in the country, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to impose life imprisonment on convicted rapists.
Dr Dipo Akomolafe, the Chairman of ASUU at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, said life imprisonment would curb the criminal act in the country.
Akomolafe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Okitipupa that rape cases were rising because the government was not enforcing the Criminal Code which recommended life imprisonment for convicted rapists and 14 years for attempted rape.
“There is a legislation prohibiting rape and making it a legal offense. Nigeria’s Criminal Code recommends life imprisonment for these convicted for rape and 14 years for tried rape.
“This punishment is sufficient to create concern within the minds of potential perpetrators if solely the federal government can implement the legislation.
”This may also cut back the act of rape and tried rape within the society,” Akomolafe mentioned.