Senate Proposes Heavy Penalties for Kidnappers, Ransom Collections

Lawmakers in the country, in the bid to curb incessant kidnapping of innocent citizens, which is usually followed by payment of ransom, the Senate on Tuesday, September 21, has passed for second reading, a bill, sponsored by Senator Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ogun Central, “proposing life imprisonment for the offence of kidnapping or any form of abduction, wrongful restraint and confinement.”

 

The proposed bill, sponsored by Sen. Amosun, will, among other objectives, establish stringent punishments and penal measures to stem the tide of kidnapping in the country.

 

Senator Amosun, who believed insecurity has become a huge threat to our society, said lack of severe penalties for the offense is making it thrive in Nigeria; with many negative effects on the victims.

 

According to the ex governor of Ogun state,

“The impact of kidnapping on both economic and daily life, has been devastating. 

He also condemned the abduction of poor victims with their families going through unpleasant experiences in the bid to raise money for ransom.

 

“Overtime, the pool of potential victims has shockingly been expanded. Now, most victims are often poor villagers, sometimes kidnapped indiscriminately, a departure from the targeted kidnapping of wealthy people.

 

“They struggle to pay ransoms because of their relative poverty; and this has resulted into many victims being killed in the process”

 

Senator Ibikunle Amosun, is of the opinion that, abductions of locals and foreign nationals in Nigeria, will affect the country’s Foreign Direct Investment.

 

To this end, the former governor said,

“To achieve the deterrent effect, life imprisonments is proposed for the offence of kidnapping, particularly where death results from the act.

 

Adding that,

“The law is made stricter by ensuring that, recipients of any proceeds of the act of kidnapping, are heavily sanctioned, with term of imprisonment of up to 30 years”

 

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has referred the bill to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.

 

The Committee is expected to report back to the senate, few weeks from now.

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