- Governor Bello Matawalle has announced the death penalty for anyone found guilty of banditry and bandit-related offences in the state
- The governor, in a live broadcast on Tuesday, said he had assented to the bill that prescribed a death penalty for bandits and related offences since 2022
- Matawalle stressed that the development is part of his administration's efforts to find lasting solutions to banditry bedevilling the country
Gusau, Zamfara - The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has signed into law a death penalty for any person found guilty of banditry, rustling, cultism or acting informant to bandits
The governor announced this in a live broadcast on Tuesday morning, August 16, The Punch reported.
Matawalle noted that he assented to the bill on “prohibition and punishment for banditry, cattle rustling, cultism, kidnapping and other incidental offences 2022” on June 28, last year.
He maintained that the law provided a legal framework for prosecuting offenders of bandits-related crimes.
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List of criminals to get death penalty in Zamfara
“Based on the new law, anyone found guilty of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, cultism, or serving as a bandits’ informant is subject to the death penalty.”
The governor also noted that anyone guilty of supporting the bandits in any manner will be subjected to life in prison, 20 years of imprisonment or 10 years jail term without any option of fine.
According to Matawalle, the development is part of his administration’s efforts to end the banditry problem that has plagued the states for over a decade.
Zamfara, Kano top list of states in Nigeria that children do not have rights
Legit.ng in an earlier report, revealed that about 31 states in Nigeria have children's rights in their law, while 5 others are yet to do the same, according to the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF).
According to UNICEF, the latest state to join the list of states that have given rights to children is Kebbi state.
The humanitarian organisation commended the state governor, noting that it maximises efforts in reaching out to the most disadvantaged children in the world.
The 5 states that are yet to give rights to children included Zamfara, Kano, Adamawa, Gomber and Bauchi.