Ambode endorses death penalty, life imprisonment for kidnappers
It will not be business as usual for kidnappers in the commercial hub capital of Nigeria, Lagos.
This is because the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the state House of Assembly.
The new law specifically focuses on two major heavy penalties on kidnappers:
For kidnappers whose victims under their watch die will be face death penalty, while life imprisonment awaits kidnappers who demand for ransom.
Ambode signed the anti-kidnapping bill into law at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
He said the anti-kidnapping bill was necessitated by the spate of kidnapping in the state which “required decisive action from government.”
He said aside from the law, “the government will put other measures in place to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches.
“Security 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 Lagos.
“While we use this law to address the challenge and punish the criminals, we are also putting in place appropriate measures, particularly in our schools and other vulnerable targets, to prevent security breaches.”
Ambode assured residents that the justice system would be activated to execute the anti-kidnapping law to the letter.
Also signed into law is the Sports Trust Fund Bill and the Sports Commission Bill, explaining that the laws were enacted to address key issues, as well as harness the potential in the sports sector.
The Speaker of the state Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, said the laws were a clear testimony of the commitment of the state government to the security of residents and sports development.