A bill to make life imprisonment a punishment for kidnappers on Monday scaled the second reading at the Kano state House of Assembly.
The Deputy Majority Leader, Alhaji Maifada Bello read the bill titled ‘Kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Amendment Bill’ before the Assembly.
According to Bello, member representing Kibiya Constituency, the immediate amendment of the bill was necessary to enable Judges in the state judge the kidnappers according to their offence.
Bello said; “The law that provides punishment for the kidnappers has been in existence since 1963; therefore, it should be amended to go with the current rampant kidnapping and abduction cases in the state.
It can also assist the judges to judge anyone found guilty of such offence according to their offence, because the current law that provides 10 years imprisonment made it difficult for the judges to judge such criminals,”.