November 29, 2016

Lagos Approves Death Penalty For Kidnappers If Victims Die In Their Captivity

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday okayed capital punishment as penalty for kidnappers, if their victims die in captivity.

This followed the adoption of a report presented by Mrs Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.

Tejuosho presented the report of a Stakeholders meeting on a bill titled: “A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes”.

NAN reports that the bill was sponsored by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.

The bill prescribed life sentence for kidnappers, if their victims did not die in captivity.

The bill states that any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to death sentence.

The bill, which criminalised attempt to kidnap, stipulates life imprisonment for attempted kidnap.

Also, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person. This attracts seven years imprisonment.

The lawmakers also approved 25 years imprisonment for whoever threatens to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication.

The bill provides that any person, who knowingly or willfully allows his premises, building or a place or belonging under his control to be used for the keeping of a kidnapped person is guilty of an offence under the law and is liable to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The bill, which is aimed at ensuring zero tolerance for kidnapping, however, awaits third reading before it will be sent to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.

15 comments:

ope alliu said...

Good news

Patsy said...

please whether the victim dies or not, they deserve to be killed. I said this because while they kidnap their victim, the relations are already half dead before contact is established. I am a victim so I know what I am saying. Don't spare them or have pity on them, they are heartless.

Iliyasu sulaiman sani said...

very good. other state should follow

maryam sadisu said...

Pls they should include rapist too.

Chioma Ujo said...

Very good. I support it.

Afoke Maleke said...

Not a bad bill ...but death penalty for kidnapping at all would be nice ..

olisayemk said...

I Concur to that bill, they would have even made it a death penalty for kidnapping

eniola lawal said...

Good one

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Good one. Kidnappers beware.

Hassan Aderemi said...

Issorite

Eluku said...

THEY DO NOT SEEK TO END THE "BUSINESS" OF KIDNAPPING.
THEY ARE JUST APPEALING TO THEIR COLLEAGUES AND BROTHERS IN CRIME TO DO IT HUMANELY.
THE "CRIME" OF KIDNAPPING SHOULD BE AWARDED THE DEATH PENALTY.

Anslem Caesar said...

This is a nice one. I love it. They should go get something doing.

Austine Gabriel said...

good one

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

That's good.

cheeks said...

bravo