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Appeal for death penalty to halt abductions

17 September 2015, 14:07

Abuja - The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has called for the death sentence to be imposed on kidnappers.

This comes amid a spate of abductions that has rocked the country.

“It has become very clear that the piecemeal legal approaches by the different states within the federation of Nigeria to tackle armed criminality of kidnapping hasn't worked therefore demanding that a national mechanism be put in place to make kidnapping a grave offence only punishable with the death penalty,” said HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf.

The officials urged President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a team to probe the spate of kidnappings.

Also read:Five people charged for alleged abduction of pregnant woman

“We urge the Nigerian Government to constitute an action team made up of few but versatile legal scholars to work in partnership with the hierarchies of the Legislature and the judiciary to articulate actionable positions on strategies for amending all relevant criminal laws relating to kidnapping with a view to make kidnapping a capital offence punishable by death.”

The rights group likened the abductions to the reign of terror by the Boko Haram sect.

“Kidnappers are as bad as terrorists and therefore the harsher the punishment meted out to them the better.”

- CAJ News


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