The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has signed into law a bill stipulating death penalty and life imprisonment for kidnappers.
Signing into law, “The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping” on Wednesday, Ambode said it would address the issue of insecurity in the state.
According to Ambode,” 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 State.
“The governor charged the judicial system in the state to execute the law to the letter and “make sure that any criminal caught faces the full wrath of the law.
” While we use this law to address the challenge of kidnapping and punish the criminals, we are also putting in place appropriate measures, particularly in our schools and other vulnerable targets, to prevent security breaches.”
Recall that the Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Public Account, Hon Moshood Oshun, recently explained that the inclusion of a death penalty in the recently passed bill against kidnapping by the Assembly was to deter people of the state from taking up such vices.