Senate seeks death penalty for kidnappers

Nigerian Senate

With the ever continuous reports of abduction in the country, the Senate on Wednesday resolved to make a law that would prescribe death penalty for kidnappers in Nigeria.

The resolution followed the submission and consideration of the report of the Joint Committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence on the “unfortunate recurrence of kidnapping and hostage-taking in Nigeria.”

The legislators were angry that kidnapping and hostage-taking that were contained in the South South and South East geo-political zones of the country had become wide spread.

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Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central), who spoke extensively against the phenomenon, proposed that the National Assembly should enact a law prescribing death penalty for kidnappers.

The proposal was promptly seconded by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West).

He said “kidnappers should die by firing squad or by hanging.

When Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, put the matter to vote, it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.

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