Lagos: Death Penalty Now Awaits Kidnappers, Life Imprisonment Should the Kidnapped Be Found Alive

By Marymagdalyn Francis


The Lagos State House of Assembly has enacted the death penalty law to put to an end the spate of kidnappings in the state.

The bill which was assented to on Thursday by lawmakers, passed with the objectives to: Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping; and for other Connected Purposes after the third reading.

In a report by the Nigeria News Agency, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa who sponsored the bill, recommended that, death sentence should be issued to kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life in imprisonment for kidnappers whose victims do not die in their custody.

NAN reports that: The bill prescribes that any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or trick with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence.”

Likewise, the bill stipulates life imprisonment for those who attempts to kidnap anyone.

There will also be a seven years jail term for making false representation for the release of an abducted person; and for those who allow their premises to be used for such purposes it also recommends a jail term.

The Lagos State House of Assembly also imposed 25 years imprisonment as punishment for those making threats to kidnap through any means of communication: phone call, text message or e-mail and various other ways. More report (NAN)

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