The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a bill which approves death sentence for kidnappers whose victims die while in their custody.
The bill entitled; “A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes.” was sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa.
The approval followed the adoption of a report presented by Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Petitions, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC.
According to the bill, any person who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence, and liable on conviction to death sentence.
The bill approved 25 years imprisonment for anyone who threatens to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication.
Also, life imprisonment was approved for anyone who makes attempt to kidnap another person and to kidnappers, whose victims did not die in their custody.
The bill approved 14 years imprisonment for anyone that provides his or her home for keeping a kidnapped person in the state.
Also, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person. This attracts 7 years imprisonment.