Hard times for kidnappers, as Kano prescribes life sentence

By Editor on 31/10/2016

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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

If Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, appends his signature, it will now be life sentence for any person who engages in kidnapping of any kind, going by signals coming out of Kano State, on Monday.

There, the State House of Assembly, has just passed a bill not only totally criminalising kidnapping, but stipulating that perpetrators would go in for life.

Majority leader of the Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Atta, who read the Kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Amendment Bill 2016 before the Assembly, told reporters after plenary, the Committee of the whole House passed the bill after considering its amendment.

“The law has been in existence since 1963, but did not provide serious punishment for kidnappers, therefore, we have to amend it to suit the current situation,” he said.

Atta, who is a member representing Fagge Constituency, explained that any person found guilty of kidnapping would face life imprisonment without an option of fine. According to him, anyone found guilty of raping or forced labour will also be sentenced to 15 years without an option of fine.


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Echoing the position, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Alhaji Salisu Riruwe, said the amendment was a welcome development, as it was meant to check the rampant cases of kidnapping in the state.

He said: “With the passage of this anti kidnapping law, we are hoping that the rampant cases of kidnapping and abduction in some areas of the state will come to an end.” 



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on October, 31 2016

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