If the tweet by Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin in which she quoted Dr. Lola Mabogunje should be taken word for word, then it seems someone has been fined just N10K for committing the evil crime of rape. What is the punishment for rape in Nigeria? Is it N10,000? Is it 20 years imprisonment?
Human right and social activist Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin sent the tweet during the Women Arise Change Initiative‘s programme themed Dissemination of the Guidelines on Gender Based Violence Among Young Persons in Nigeria. Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin currently serves as the president of the organization.
Dr. Lola Mabogunje who is the Country Director for Ipas Nigeria was quoted saying “It is bone cringing to learn that someone who commited rape is fined N10K and he can continue.” According to their website, Ipas is “a global non-profit organization that works around the world to eliminate deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion and increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.”
How much do commercial sex workers, lurking around various commercial areas of Lagos and other Nigerian cities, charge for their services? So if a man commits rape and put a woman through the kind of psychological trauma that will mostly last for a lifetime, what punishment should be meted to him? Should he be made to pay what women of low virtue charge for sex and to whom this time? Government? What about damages to the woman?
You be the judge. What punishment would be fair?