Senate prescribes life imprisonment for kidnappers, defilers

Senate prescribes life imprisonment for kidnappers, defilers

- Kidnappers and defilers in Nigeria will have to face a more grievous punishment for their crimes henceforth

- The Senate has approved life imprisonment for such criminals without gender restrictions

- The bill was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing Lagos Central

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The Nigerian upper legislative body has responded to the alarming rate of all forms of human abuse in the country majorly occasioned by sexual assault with a very stern decision.

The Senate on Tuesday, July 14, prescribed life imprisonment for anyone who is found guilty for the offence of defilement, The Nation reports.

The red chamber also removed gender restrictions formerly associated with the crime on the ground that anyone can be a victim of it.

The bill which also seeks to increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central).

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Senate prescribes life imprisonment for kidnappers, defilers
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that between the year 2011 and 2020, Nigerians paid at least N7 billion as ransom to kidnappers.

The report relied on data collected from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the Council for Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker, newspaper reports and SBM intel’s own countrywide network of researchers.

It also contained the breakdown of the name of victims, date, state and amount paid respectively.

Four of the top 10 states with a high number of kidnap incidents over the last decade are in the south-south geopolitical zone, with three of them being Bayelsa – 85, Delta -96 and Rivers – 120.

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Others states with high kidnap incidents included Kaduna – 177, Borno – 82, Kogi – 59, Edo – 55, Ondo – 54, Katsina – 52 and Taraba – 47.

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The report said up until late 2018, kidnap attempts were targeted at specific victims who were mostly politically-exposed persons, business people and their close relatives, or expatriates.

The report also revealed that the rising levels of youth unemployment was a major factor responsible for the growth of kidnap cases.

“Previous SBM research has shown that the crime rate soars during election periods and politicians key into the mass idleness of young people by using them for political violence.

“Nigeria has a problem of large swathes of ungoverned spaces, areas of the country that are without government or security presence. This puts residents at the mercy of whichever criminal elements are in the ascendancy,” the report noted.

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