ASABA – Worried by the alarming rate of rape cases in the country, the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers has called on the authorities to apply maximum weight of the law against rapists and perpetrators of other gender-based violence.
The royal fathers gave their position in a four-point communiqué at the end of a meeting in Asaba.
Chairman of the council and Obi of Owa, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor 11, who read the communiqué at the end of the meeting, condemned the development
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The monarchs, who alluded to recent cases of rape and murder of Nigerians suggested that government at all levels should apply maximum weight of the law as deterrent and pledged total support of the body to the fight against the acts.
While calling on the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to handle the issue of rape with a high sense of justice, the royal fathers insisted that anyone caught in the act should be made to face the full weight of the law.
The monarchs urged rape victims to speak out and appealed to lawyers and judges to exercise human face in handling rape-related issues to enable perpetrators and their cohorts get quick punishment as a deterrence to others.
Source : independent.ng