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Nnamdi Azikiwe University Journal of International Law and Jurisprudence

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Rising cases of rape offences in Nigeria: new measures to the rescue

Boniface E. Ewulum, Jude O. Ezeanokwasa, Obinna O. Mbanugo

Abstract


Before now the offence of rape in Nigeria was an isolated incident. It occurred once in a while and when it did it was greeted with incredulity and surprise. However, despite the fact that the offence carries a life term imprisonment, it has now become a daily occurrence Nigeria. It seems that the law as it is, is incapable of deterring the naked and raw urge to subdue and abuse a woman. There exists a conspiracy of silence whenever the offence of rape is committed. It is this conspiracy of silence in relation to rape that this work seeks to unravel with a view to pointing out the areas where the law appears to be encouraging the offence.

Key words: Rape, Rising Cases, New Measures, Penetration, Criminal Justice System, Tripod




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