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Kidnappers in Lagos to face death sentence

Lagos State is proposing death sentence foe kidnappers as the incidence of abduction in the state continues to grow.

This will make Lagos State to join others such as Edo, Ogun and Anambra that have imposed death sentence on kidnappers.

Indeed, a private member bill sponsored by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, states that “any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains or captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her, will commit an offence, and liable to a conviction of death sentence.”

The bill, tagged: ‘A bill for a law to provide for the prohibition of the act of kidnapping and for other connected purposes,’ has gone through a public hearing in the State House of Assembly, and when passed would make abductors in the state to face death penalty.

Specifically, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person under Section 4; the offence attracts seven years imprisonment.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition and LASIEC, whose committee handled the public hearing, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, had earlier said in her welcome address that the Bill was necessary to curtail kidnapping in the state.

“We need laws to safeguard the citizens. We looked at the law on kidnapping and we felt that it should be amended to curb the crime,” she stated.