NIGERIA: KATSINA ANNOUNCES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS, RUSTLERS
May 29, 2019:
The Katsina State Government on 24 May 2019 introduced the death penalty for kidnappers and cattle rustlers in the state. (Sources: punchng.com, 25/05/2019)
Governor Aminu Masari, who signed the amended Penal Code into law, said rape offences would attract life imprisonment.
Masari told reporters in Katsina that the state government decided to be tough on criminals because of the security challenges facing the state.
The governor expressed hope that the amended laws would serve as a deterrent to those that might be convicted and those nursing the intention of committing such crimes.
Masari said, “Cattle rustling and kidnapping are now capital offences which attract the death penalty. The offence of rape carries a penalty of life sentence apart from fines and compensation to the victim.”