Senate amends criminal code act, approves life jail for kidnappers

Senate amends criminal code act, approves life jail for kidnappers

- Kidnappers in Nigeria are now in trouble as the Senate has approved life sentence for them

- Also, rapists will no longer go lightly as the upper chamber has approved a broader change in the administration of cases

- The bill was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu

The Nigerian Senate has finally endorsed a proposal that stipulates a life sentence for anybody found guilty of kidnapping.

This is against the 10-year imprisonment provision contained in the current law.

Also, the Senate approved the removal of a two-month Statute of Limitation on the prosecution of rape offenders as contained in the Criminal Code Act.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) sponsored the bill.

According to Tinubu, the frequency of kidnap across the federation and its resulting trauma made it necessary to review the laws, Daily Trust reports.

She said this will ensure appropriate punishment for perpetrators and deterrence for would-be perpetrators.

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“Thus, this bill proffers a life sentence for persons found guilty of kidnapping,” she said.

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The amendment bill also seeks an amendment to Section 221 of the Criminal Code which provides that “where a person has or attempts carnal knowledge of a girl being of or above the age of 13 and under the age 16, an ‘idiot or imbecile’, he shall be liable to imprisonment for a period of two years provided that the prosecution is commenced within two months after the offence is committed.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the bill to increase the tax on goods among others has been passed by the Nigerian Senate when they passed the Finance Bill.

The bill was to increase the value-added tax from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

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