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Senate approves death sentence for kidnappers

05 May 2016, 10:34

Abuja - The Senate Wednesday resolved to enact a bill that would make provisions for death penalty as the punishment for anyone caught in the act of kidnapping.

The resolution followed the adoption of a report by the Joint Committee on Police Affairs and National Security and Intelligence presented by its Chairman, Senator Abu Ibrahim.

The Senate had on November 19, 2015, asked the committee to engage the Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, and Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mamman Daura, on recurrent cases of kidnapping and hostage taking, and recommend its findings to the chamber.

Also read: Gunmen kidnap Army senior officer in Kaduna

The committee also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and advised the federal government to ensure that deliberate efforts are made towards creating employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.

The Senate also tasked security agencies to embark on training and retraining of security personnel for effective capacity building. It charged state governments to make laws that will enable security agencies prosecute kidnappers and culprits of related offences in their respective domains.

Source: Nation

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