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Osun students demand death penalty for rapists




National Association of Osun State Students , the umbrella body for tertiary institution students from the state has demanded death as punishment for any proven case of rape in the state .
Addressing newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday , the president of the group , Ayowale Salahudeen , said stricter sanction for rape must be adopted to serve as a deterrent .
Salahudeen said the group had commenced state – wide campaign tagged ‘SayingNoToRape ’ as a result of increasing reports of rape across the country .
“The union wishes to strongly recommend to the government to announce capital punishment as the wage for rape . This will serve as a deterrent and a serve – it-well yardstick for the perpetrators who are undoubtedly nothing but animals .
“As Osun State Students , it is vital that our schools and home be safe spaces for us to learn and love without fear of harassment or abuse of our fundamental human rights ,” NAOSS President said .
Meanwhile , Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr . Timothy Owoeye , has expressed concern over the increasing rate of rape in the country .
Mr . Owoeye , in a statement signed by his press secretary , Kunle Alabi in Osogbo on Thursday said anyone found guilty of rape by a court in Osun State would be liable to life imprisonment .
The statement said Owoeye while speaking during the plenary lamented the growin

Osun is blessed to have enacted a law that imposes stiffer sentences on perpetrators of rape . Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11 , Laws of Osun State , 2002 prescribes a life sentence on anyone found guilty of committing rape while an attempt to commit rape attracts imprisonment of fourteen years .
“I have taken my time to study the anti -rape laws across the country , I have also met with several groups who are at the forefront of the campaign against rape while praying to God to repose the soul of victims of rape , I stand with those who are alive and hope that the victims get justice .
“ I am well aware of the two recent cases in our state , the one involving a traditional ruler who allegedly raped a 14 – year -old girl and a 27 – year- old man who was arraigned for allegedly raping a 17 -year – old girl.
“I want to charge our law enforcement agencies to diligently prosecute cases of rape . With too many instances , we must begin to hold people accountable no matter how highly placed ,” Owoeye said .

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