Senate recommends death penalty for kidnappers



THE Senate, on Wednesday, approved a punishment of death penalty for kidnappers in the country.

The lawmakers adopted the position, following the debate on the recommendations contained in a report on kidnapping in the country by Senator Abu Ibrahim, (APC Katsina South).

During the debate, Senator Adamu Aliero (APC Kebbi Central), suggested the recommendation of death sentence, which was adopted by lawmakers.

In his contribution, the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom-PDP), regretted that kidnapping escalated in Nigeria when ex-governor and now Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige was kidnapped around 2002.

The Senate also adopted the recommendation seeking to prioritise funding of security agencies.

The lawmakers equally said that “efforts should be geared towards creating employment opportunities for our teeming unemployed youths and that security agencies should embark on training and retraining of their personnel for effective capacity building.”

Other recommendations by the Senate included that the state governments should enact laws to enable security agencies to prosecute kidnappers and other crime-related offences in their jurisdictions.

The lawmakers further recommended that “synergy and intelligence sharing among security agencies should be vigorously pursued and that Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Security in particular and other security agencies, should be encouraged to do more.”

The lawmakers concluded that findings point to the fact that security agencies have not been able to perform optimally due to inadequate funding to enable them procure modern technology and equipment, adding that it appeared that there were unnecessary and unhealthy rivalry among the security agencies.

The Senate also regretted that relations of the victims were always ready to pay ransom, a situation they said encouraged the criminals.



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