NIGERIA: LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR AMBODE APPROVES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS
February 1, 2017: Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode signed the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly into law.
The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping Law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom, however, should the kidnapped victim die in the custody of the kidnappers, the law also stipulates that the suspect is liable on conviction to death.
Governor Ambode noted that the law had become necessary following the increase in kidnapping in the state, adding that the state government was also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in the schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches.
âSecurity is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagosâ, he said. (Sources: 360nobs.com, 02/02/2017)