Insecurity: Death Penalty Recommended for Bandits, Other Gunmen

Insecurity: Death Penalty Recommended for Bandits, Other Gunmen

- The traditional ruler of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, is calling for drastic measures to address insecurity in the country

- The monarch warned that insecurity could escalate if punitive laws are not enforced on culprits

- Oba Akanbi condemned the violence by gunmen in some parts of the country

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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has advised the Nigerian government to impose the death penalty on bandits.

Insecurity: Nigerian monarch recommends death penalty for bandits
Oba Akanbi has called for the recruitment of more policemen. Photo: @ObaEmperortelu
Source: Twitter

The Osun monarch during his speech at a farmer-herder summit Tuesday, May 18, in the Iwo local government of Osun state, suggested that all gunmen arrested for threatening the security of Nigeria should be punished by death.

According to Premium Times, the traditional ruler said capital punishment should be applied to whoever is found guilty of the offence irrespective of their ethnicity.

He said:

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‘’There must be the death penalty for kidnappers and no Human Rights advocate should kick against that. Government must begin to kill corrupt people irrespective of their ethnicity, be it Fulani Hausa, Yoruba or any tribe.
“If the security forces cannot enforce the law, then there would be anarchy, ritualists, corrupt people, kidnappers should be killed henceforth.''

The Oluwo of Iwo asked herdsmen in his domain to assist the community in ensuring that criminals perpetrating abductions and killings in Iwo get arrested.

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Meanwhile, Daily Trust has reported that gunmen have abducted a judge at a Sharia court in Bauren Zakat village in Safana local government area of Katsina state.

Witnesses quoted in the report stated that the attackers broke into the court around 3 pm on Tuesday, May 18, and abducted the judge identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila.

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It is not clear why the judge was in court during the industrial action embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria.

In another news, three soldiers on Monday, May 17, lost their lives in an encounter with bandits in Mariga town of Mariga local government area of Niger state.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who disclosed this after a state security meeting held at the Government House on Tuesday, May 18 said many people escaped with varying degrees of injuries as a result of the encounter.


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