A judge of the Rivers State High Court, Eberechi Wike, has advocated the amputation of people found guilty of defiling minors.
Justice Wike, who is the wife of the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, stated this on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 2nd National Conference of Family Court Judges, Magistrates, and other Family Court Practitioners in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
She insisted that the current punishment isn’t drastic enough, adding that the move will deter sexual offenders from molesting minors.
According to the judge, society should step up punishments for people who defile children beyond life imprisonment or a 14-year jail term.
“We should do much more. I think we should do something that will be really drastic, that will make them think twice before they do that,” she said.
“I cannot think of anything better than having legislation that whatever it is that whatever part of your body you use on a child while defiling the child, that part should be cut off. If it is your finger, if it is your mouth, if it is your private part.
“I think men will take it more seriously when you come up with such legislation. I hope a man in the House of Reps or Senate sponsors a bill like that.”
The event which is themed ‘Repositioning Child Justice Administration In Nigeria’ is seeking to find ways of protecting the rights of children in the country.
The annual conference started from Monday, October 23 and will end on Thursday, October 26 and the hope is that the brainstorming sessions will produce progressive methodologies for child rights protection.