Nigeria should consider imposing the death penalty on convicted rapists, the women’s affairs minister has said.
Rape had reached an alarming level, with seven to 10 cases reported weekly in Nigeria, Zainab Maina said.
The BBC’s Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja, says poor communities are worst affected by rape and there are few successful prosecutions.
The death penalty exists in Nigeria for crimes such as murder, but it is rarely implemented, he says.
Mrs Maina said her ministry was determined to tackle rape.
“It is also trying to make the police set up a gender desk in every police station to handle such cases so that serious punishment, perhaps death sentence would be handed to culprits,” she is quoted by Nigeria’s This Day newspaper as saying.