The Senate has approved death sentence for abduction, wrongful restraints or wrongful confinement for ransom. It also approved 30 years jail term for anybody that colludes with an abductor.
The bill sponsored by Isa Misau, APC-Bauchi, was passed into law after a consideration of the report by Senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
Presenting the report, Senator Chukwuka Utazi from Enugu-North, said the bill seeks to combat and prevent any form of kidnapping in Nigeria by giving wider powers to the Inspector-General of Police to ensure adequate policing of the crime.
The report was unanimously accepted by the lawmakers after a voice vote. The lawmakers’ decision may not be unconnected to reported cases of kidnappings and arrest of its perpetrators.
In June, the Nigeria Police arrested a high profile kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans. Evans in August pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping brought against him by the Lagos State Government.