Senate Approves Death Sentence For Kidnapping
The Senate, on Thursday, approved death penalty for offences of abduction, wrongful restraints or wrongful confinement for a ransom.
This followed the passage of third reading, A Bill for an Act on the Abduction, Wrongful Restraints and Wrongful Confinement for Ransom Bll, 2017 (SB. 118).
The upper chamber also approved 30 years jail term for anybody that colluded with an abductor.
Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) presented the report of the committee on behalf of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Senator David Umaru.
The Bill was sponsored by Senator Isa Hamma Misau (APC-Bauchi).
Utazi, while presenting the report pointed out that the bill seeks to combat and prevent any form of kidnapping in Nigeria and that wider powers be given to the Inspector-General of Police to ensure adequate policing of the crime in the country. Clause 1 (3) of the bill stated that “whoever is guilty of the offence and then results in the death of the victim shall be liable on conviction to be sentenced to death.”
Clause 5 (2) of the bill says, “Anyone who fails to produce any book, account, receipts, vouchers or other documents which is in his possession or control shall be guilty of an offence. The person shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both fine and imprisonment.”