Convicted kidnappers face death or life sentence in Lagos state

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

Convicted kidnappers in Lagos state, whose victims died in their custody will now be sentenced to death.

The state House of Assembly in a bill passed on Thursday January 5, also prescribes a life jail for convicted kidnappers whose victims did not die in their custody.

The passage of the bill was also sequel to the adoption of a report presented by Mrs Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Petitions, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

Also, 25 years jail term is prescribed in the bill for anyone convicted of threatening to kidnap through any form of communication, including e-mail, phone calls, and text messages, and seven years for anyone making false presentation to release a kidnapped person.

For people whose property are used by kidnappers, the bill prescribes 14 years jail term.

The speaker, Gbenga Obasa, has directed the clerk of the house of  assembly to send a clean copy to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his assent.

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