Raping a woman or girl
It is the unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth of a girl/woman with or without force.
Under both the Criminal Code and the Penal code, pretending to be the husband of a woman in order to have sexual intercourse with such woman is considered rape. Rape can also be defined as an unlawful sexual activity, most often involving sexual intercourse, against the will of the victim through force or the threat of force or with an individual who is incapable of giving legal consent because of minor status, mental illness/deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness or deception. Under the Nigerian Law, any sexual intercourse made with a girl below the age of 13 with or without her consent is considered rape.
Safety tips for a woman or girl against rape:
*Avoiding deserted environments.
*Avoiding excessive intake of alcohol
*Avoiding the use of hard drugs or any related narcotics which can lead to vulnerability.
*Reporting suspicious advances when necessary.
*Avoiding indecent dressings which can attract indecent advances.
*Self defence where necessary.
Penalty: (State applicable laws and jurisdiction)
Under the Criminal Code, rape is punishable with life imprisonment with or without caning. Under the Penal Code, rape is punishable with life imprisonment or lesser period, with or without an option of fine.
In Ekiti State, going by the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Acts 2015, the minimum punishment for rape is 12 years imprisonment without fine and the maximum punishment is life imprisonment. Where the offender is less than 14years old, his maximum punishment is 14 years imprisonment. Where it is a gang/group rape, the offenders are jointly liable to a minimum of 20 years imprisonment. Also, names of sexual offenders are to be kept in a register and made public.