Lagos Assembly prescribes death penalty for kidnappers

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill aimed at checking the spate of kidnapping in the state into law, with stiffer penalties including death sentence for offenders.

The lawmakers passed the Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes after the third reading.

The passage of the bill was also sequel to 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).

Sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, the bill prescribes death sentence for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody and life sentence for kidnappers whose victims do not die in the hands of their abductors.

The bill states that any person who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or trick with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence.

The bill also stipulates life imprisonment for anyone who makes an attempt to kidnap another person.

NAN reports that the bill prescribes seven years imprisonment for anyone making false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person.

The lawmakers also approved 25 years imprisonment as penalty for anyone found guilty of threatening to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication.

The bill prescribes penalty for any person, who knowingly or wilfully allows or permits his premises, building or a place or belonging to which he has control of, to be used for the purpose of keeping a person kidnapped.

According to the bill, such a person is guilty of an offence under the law and liable to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The speaker, who read the 20 sections of the bill one after the other for members’ approval, conducted a voice vote before its passage.

Mr. Obasa directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.

Lagos State has recorded recurrent cases of kidnappings, with the incident affecting students in two schools in 2016.

In February 2016, three schoolgirls were seized from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, but were later freed by the police.

In October, gunmen stormed the Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Ikorodu, and took away the vice principal, a teacher and four students.

They were also after several days.

NAN reports that kidnappers also stormed the palace of a traditional ruler, the Oniba of Iba, Yishau Goriola Oseni, in July and abducted him.

His release was later secured and several persons are on trial over the kidnap. (NAN)


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  • Olu from South Africa

    This is impressive…..now, we need same for the looters!

  • Demeji

    Looters own are coming we are praying seriously.And God almighty will make it possible this Year 2017.This is the sample of the bill,I suggest
    (1)Any person who participated in embezzlement of public funds ,in form of writing false cheques,over budget accounts or false Intelligence,representatives in order to gain money wrongfully for his own self gain .Or group embezzlement network ,civil servants encouraging people organizations or politicians to launder money.
    If they are found quilt by the Nigeria court of Law.
    Punishment 7-15years Imprisonment.All money gain from dubious practices forfited to the Nigerian government.The sum of #250,000 removed from Junior staff pension funds.Senior civil servants penalties like Directors,Permanent Secretaries ,Level 7upwards, Head of Civil service,Head of Departments,Head of Government broads etcetera
    Punishment 15-25 Imprisonment with hard labour.The sum of#500,000-#2,000,000 deducted from their pension funds.Compulsory retirement.
    (2) Penalties for Financial institutions like Banks,Insurance companies,Loan companies,CEO of Banks,Bank staffers,Micro Financial institutions,Development Banks,Agriculture Banks etc who rendered.assistance to Politicians,Chairman of Local governments,Federal Ministers,dubious people in Nigeria should be made to face reality.
    Punishment the Banks trading licence should be revoked and suspend until trials is ended.All the Management of the Bank (senior)and CEO money should be frozen both properties cars ,houses and investment should be placed under EFCC and DSS etc
    There Diplomatic passports should be removed.If found guilty Banks should be fined up to#5million -#30million.without bill.
    Those Bank staff found quilt
    7-20years imprisonment.

  • Demeji

    For Politicians we need Special Court for Courrpt politicians,Court who will deal with the Nigerian untouchables,Cabal.The Court has to have special requirements and power’s.DSS,EFCC and other financial security agencies must be empowered.Politicians and leaders immunity must be reduced.More tough laws in the Banking system and method to stop be from plunder the Nigerian public funds.Monthly and Yearly review of how politicians,Chairman of Local governments,Ministers,Senators etc spending of funds allocations and their development projects.Yearly review of their Salaries,Published their Properties,money and investment before taking office.Deal with ghost workers .Any politicians found quilt face imprisonment or harsh penalties.
    Nigeria will.raise again!