Adamawa State first lady, Hajia Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has called for the adoption of maximum punishment of life imprisonment against rapist.
The first lady made the call during a one day public hearing on domestication of the VAPP Act 2015 in Adamawa State organized by the house standing committee on women affairs and supported by the International Republican Institute (IRI) at AUN hotel on Tuesday.
The first lady who was represented by the chief of staff, Adamawa State government house, Professor Maxwell Gidado (SAN), noted that stiffer penalties must be meted to such culprits to serve as deterrent.
The first lady who expressed alarm over the rising crime noted that that rape is no more the exclusive preserve of male as it is also meted to men, urging the populace to conceptualise rape as crime that can be meted to both men and women.
Also speaking, the representative of Adamawa State police command, and the gender desk officer of Nigeria Police Yissa Oded disclosed that 20 policemen have been trained to tackle rape cases in the state.
She however noted that for the issues to be addressed squarely, more personnel must be trained.
Oded enumerated other challenges being faced in administering rape cases to include capacity gap, lack of cooperation by parents and communities, transfer of trained officers and dearth of financing.
Also speaking, a representative of the ministry of justice Ishaq Abdullahi noted that the police in most cases are not complying with ACJL while preparing rape cases.
He noted that such failures usually constitute a stumbling block to the fast dispensation of justice for rape survivors.
He noted that if left unaddressed, such lapses usually lead to the poor presentation of rape cases at the court and failure to secure conviction.
Abdullahi noted that to address some of the teething challenges, the ministry has established a liaison office with the police noting that when ever lapses are observed, the liaison office usually communicate with the police to get the such issue corrected.
During the technical session, a robust debate played out between various stakeholders who are calling for the domestication of the VAPP act and those calling for the amendment of the penal code to accommodate some lapses in the administration of criminal justice in the state.