On Thursday, the Nigerian Senate passed a bill which criminalised forceful/wrongful detainment/restraint for ransom.
The bill sponsored by Senator Isah Hamma Misau representing Bauchi Central approved death sentence for whoever engages in the act and a 30-year-jail term for anybody that colludes with an abductor.
The bill, which had been referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters was passed into law after a consideration of the Committee’s report and unanimously accepted by lawmakers through a voice vote.
Senator Chukwuka Utazi who remarked on the bill said it sought to combat and prevent any form of kidnapping in Nigeria by giving wider powers to the Inspector-General of Police to ensure adequate policing of the crime.
The bill in Clause 1 (3) stated: “Whoever is guilty of the offence and then results in the death of the victim shall be liable on conviction to be sentenced to death.”
Clause 3 of the bill provides a 30-year jail term to anyone who colludes with abductor to receive any ransom for the release of any person who has been wrongfully confined.