Kano - The Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed into law the state Rape Prohibition Bill 2014.
The law, which provides a maximum of life sentence for convicted rapists, was passed unanimously by members.
The new law also stipulated an additional fine of N200 000.
The Clerk of the house, Lawal Badamasi, said in addition, the law requires the court to demand compensations for rape victims.
The clerk said the new law also has provisions for homosexuals and lesbians.
"Whoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of fourteen years, and shall also be liable to a fine of N50 000.
"And any woman who has a feeling of love for another woman or girl, and went ahead to employ the means of satisfying that passion, either through bodily contact or otherwise with or without consent in order to drive sexual pleasure is said to have committed lesbianism, and shall be imprisoned for a term of 14 years and shall be liable to a fine of N50 000," he said.
Meanwhile, the assembly has confirmed the appointment of 38 local council secretaries, and deferred consideration of those for Gwale, Dala, Minjibir, Tsanyawa, Dawakin Tofa and Garun Malam, as their details were not forwarded to it.
The House has proceeded on recess for the Ramadan fast to resume on August 11.
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