- Osun state assembly has passed the bill seeking to impose the death penalty for kidnappers, bandits and money ritualists
- The move became necessary in order to tackle the insecurity concern in the southwest state
- Explaining the mission of the bill, Osun speaker Timothy Owoeye said the kidnappers will be sentenced to death should the victims die
The war against kidnapping received a massive boost as Osun assembly completed the passing of a bill which will henceforth tackle abduction and ritual killing in the southwest state.
The assembly passed the bill on Tuesday, March 10, which will also hopefully tackle the cases of banditry in the state, The Nation reports.
Speaking at the assembly complex after the bill scaled through the legislative hurdle, Osun speaker Timothy Owoeye said any kidnapper found henceforth will be made to face the wrath of the law and be sentenced to death.
Owoeye further stressed that anybody found compelling another person to do things against his wish will also be made to face the same sanction.
He said: "Where the life of the person kidnapped, restrained or seized is lost in the process, the kidnapper is liable on conviction and will be sentenced to death.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a suspected member of a kidnap gang who abducted Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo and subsequently killed him in 2017 has been arrested by the Imo state police command.
The suspect identified as Charles Nnanna was said to have fled to Indonesia after committing the crime. However, his fun was cut short on February 16 as he was nabbed at Aji in Oru East local government area of Imo state by operatives of the state police command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Nnanna was having the time of his life at his traditional wedding ceremony to the love of his life when SARS operatives picked him up.
According to the report, the suspect was the one who led the gang that kidnapped and later murdered Rev Father Onunkwo on the evening of September 1, 2017.
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