By ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI
Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje have aver that, persons apprehended for perpetrating the act of rape would undergo judicial procedural provisions, adding that those convicted will not be spared from the prescribed punishment as contained in the penal code laws.
The governor who fume over the unremitting cases of rape in the state, describe the act of rape as despicable, dastardly and condemnable act.
He said, rape is alien to religious and cultural values, saying the alleged defilement of a six months old baby is indicative of how brutalized and unfeeling perpetrators of such heinous crimes have become and therefore, deserve nothing more than a punishment proportionate to their crime, he stated.
The governor, reacting further through the state commissioner for Information, Youths and Culture, Comrade Mohammed Garba warned that, whoever is involved in the sordid sexual crime of rape will be prosecuted under the relevant provisions contained in the Kano state Penal Code amended law referred to as the ‘Principal Law’ as amended under section 283.
He cautioned that, the penal code law states that, “Whoever commits rape shall be punished with imprisonment for life or for any lesser term not below 14 years and shall be liable to a fine of N200, 000 and in addition, thereto, be required by Court to pay compensation to the victims’
The state government , pledge that, those responsible for the defilement of six months old Khadija must confront the law.
Condemning the act, Ganduje said “We are deeply saddened by a story of a six-month old baby girl allegedly raped by a close confidant in Kano, the government of Kano state says it will make whoever is found guilty the first to pay the supreme price of life imprisonment.
“Governor Ganduje has directed the state Ministry of Justice to handle the matter properly by ensuring that it is delivered to the letter”.
The police had docked a 30 years-old man, Muktakar Muhammad, a resident of Fagge quarters before a Kano chief magistrate court over the alleged defilement of six months old Khadija. Prompting the resolve on the part of the state government to commence the pursuit of stiff punishment against perpetrators of rape in the state.
The state government has ascertain that where Muktakar and his wife Zainab 22 years-old, are convicted as charged , they are on the path of being the first batch of convicted rapist to spend the rest of their life in jail.
The statement further noted that, “as part of collective efforts to bring to an end the appalling incident of rape cases, particularly, against the minors, parents should always look after their wards, their movement and those they keep company with.
“The clergy should use the places of worship to propagate the dangers of rape and pray for respite from rape and other illicit activities being perpetrated by men of the underworld.” Ganduje stated.
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari and the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi 11 furiously condemned the rape of a six months old baby, Khadijat Bashir, calling for the suspected offender be made to meet head-on with the law.
Mrs. Buhari who visited the baby on her sick bed at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital AKTH where little Khadija was recuperating frowned at the case of rape. She hailed Kano state government for the extreme measures taken to salvage the life of the defiled baby and to also stem future reoccurrence.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II joined in damning the act of rape, he consoled parents of the six months old victim, the monarch registered his displeasure, when he visited the victim.
Kano state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso sternly noted that, any one found culpable in the act of rape would be severely punished.
According to him, the state government would not condone the menace, saying it is important to state categorically that the state government has resolved to punish perpetrators of the illicit act without affection.
Speaking on the incident concerning the allegedly raped babay he said, “She (Khadijat) was first admitted at the Referral Centre in Murtala Mohammed Hospital where these kind of cases are being handled. Now, because of our concern for this kind of situation, in that centre, we have deployed human resources, including Doctors and Nurses, Social Workers from the Ministry of Women Affairs, so that they can get all the attention that they need to provide care to these victims of rape.
“She was initially admitted at the Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital, where she stayed for three weeks receiving treatment and she was managed for rape and other associated medical condition like malnutrition. She has done very well and that was why she was discharged based on the clinical assessment and the laboratory parameter that were assessed and based on this, the physician that was managing the case felt that she was fit enough to leave the hospital.
“A day after she was discharged, she developed a fever which necessitated taking her to a private facility from where she was referred to this facility in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital; and I want to say that Kano state government has been taking care of her bills. We have been footing her bills right from Murtala Mohammed Teaching Hospital, and up to this facility in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital; Kano state government will continue to take care of her medical expenses up to the time she will get well and government will do everything possible to ensure that she gets well soon and that justice would not only be done but will be seen to be done.”