Nigerian Senate has made some crucial moves to curtail and discourage the incessant kidnapping that, without gainsaying, has crippled much in the citizen’s social-economic affiliations.
To address the situation adequately, the Senate considered installing a bill that had a penalty very close to capital punishment for abductors to face life imprisonment.
Part of the bill’s provisions contained the main section prescribing that kidnapping in the guise of wrongful restraint and confinement in various forms would further attract the same sanction as well as thirty years jail term.
Senator Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressive Congress, APC, from Ogun Central, saw the need to reiterate having a law that treats such criminal cases without fear or favour.
On Tuesday, Amosun presented the bill to colleagues. He said, seeks to introduce stricter or stiffer punishments and punitive measures to address kidnapping, ultimately causing panic in the nation.
Kidnapping Negatively Impacting Economy- Nigerian Senate
In his exact words, the lawmaker said the light punishment for the offence has continued to grow and assume horrendous dimensions, negatively impacting the economy.
He lamented, “Nigeria has one of the rates of kidnaps for a ransom of both locals and foreigners in all of Africa.”
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill after exhaustively debated to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
The Committee, chaired by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, was given four weeks to report to the upper chamber.