The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday signed into law a bill stipulating tough penalties for violent crimes, including 25 years jail term for convicted kidnappers.
Also captured in the new law are armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and other related offences.
Mr. Amosun assented to the bill at a simple ceremony in his office attended by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, and other principal officers of the House.
Also present at the ceremony were the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu, State Director, State Security Service, Kabiru Sali; Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the state, Olumide Ayeni; and other members of the state executive council.
Mr. Amosun said his administration would not allow criminals to find comfort in the state.
“Kidnapping is alien to us in this part of the country and we have come to put an end to it as it now attracts 25 years jail term”, the governor said.
Speaking with journalists after the ceremony, Mr. Adekunbi said with the signing of the bill into law, it was no longer business as usual for criminals in the state.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Illiyasu said it was a signal to criminals to move away from in the state, warning that anyone caught for violent crime would “face the full wrath of the law”.