In a bid to rid the State of kidnapping or any form of abduction related to demand of ransom, the Lagos State Government may soon enact a law that imposes a death sentence on offenders. This development is according to a private member bill sponsored by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
The private bill seeks that any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will commit an offence, and liable on conviction to death sentence.
Under the bill, an attempt to kidnap is criminalised with suggestions that such a person would be committed to life imprisonment. Also, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person and this attracts seven years imprisonment for offenders.
Furthermore, the bill provides that any person, who knowingly or wilfully allows or permits his premises, building or a place belonging or occupied to which he has control of, to be used for the purposes of keeping a person kidnapped is guilty of an offence under the law and liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment of 14 years without an option of fine.
The bill as conceived by Hon. Mudashiru Obasa went through a public hearing yesterday, October 21, 2016, at the Lateef jakande Auditorium within the Lagos Assembly premises with some stakeholders in attendance.
If enacted into law, the bill will ensure Lagos joins the growing number of States such as Edo, Ogun and Anambra that have imposed death sentence on kidnappers.