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Senate Seeks Capital Punishment for Kidnappers

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The widespread spate of hostage taking and kidnapping across nation has led the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to demand the death penalty for convicted kidnappers.

This was in response to a report on the ‘unfortunate recurrence of kidnapping and hostage taking in Nigeria’ submitted to the plenary session of the Senate by the Joint Committee on Police Affairs and National Security and Intelligence on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim (Kastina South) who submitted the report following an earlier mandate of the Senate to look into the matter stated that his committed interacted with the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd), Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase and discovered that although kidnappings originated in the Nigeria Delta, where foreigners were mainly captured, the incidence had now become nationwide.

Blaming rivalry and a lack of synergy and cooperation among Nigeria’s various security operatives and the absence of modern technological equipment to combat the menace as some of the causes of the problem, Senator Ibrahim called for better funding for Nigerian security forces and the engagement of Nigerian youths in gainful employment ventures as a way of eradicating the security challange.

Recounting his experience with kidnappers 16 years ago, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu said, ‘We should discourage kidnapping by refusing to pay ransoms, because from my experience these kidnappers are always in a hurry to get the money and move on.

Also speaking on the matter, Minority leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio said, ‘When kidnapping started in the Niger Delta, it was like a protest, not for ransom. When it started in the Southeast, it was commercialised, most especially in Abia State where people built houses with bunkers under.’

When Senate President, Olubukola Saraki put the resolution of enacting a legislation that would seek death penalty for kidnappers to vote, it was unanimously voted for by the Senate.

Similarly, a bill for a law that would prescribe a five year jail term for lecturers who engage in sexual relationship with students also passed the first reading at the Senate.

Sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and 46 others, the bill seeks to prohibit and form of sexual relationship between lecturers and students in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

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