Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Notorious kidnapper, Evans, may face death penalty as Lagos Govt signs kidnapping bill

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has signed, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 into law.

The law prescribes Life Imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State.

It therefore means that the recently arrested kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, known as Evans may get a life imprisonment or death penalty sentence.

The law provides for death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping, Vanguard reports.

The Lagos State House of Assembly passed the bill on January 5.

The governor said that kidnapping had become a major threat to the safety of residents and, therefore, required decisive action by the government.

“This law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom.

“The law stipulates that, where a victim dies in the course of kidnapping, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.

“Security is of utmost importance to our administration, and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos State.

“Our justice system will be required to execute this law in absolute and make sure that any criminal caught faces the full wrath of the law,” he said.

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