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Kaduna outlaws kidnapping

…life imprisonment for offenders

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — Governor Mohammed Namadi Sambo of Kaduna State, yesterday, signed into law a Bill passed by the state House of Assembly outlawing kidnapping in the state.

Under the new law, anybody convicted for kidnapping persons or individuals will be sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.

The new law is coming against the backdrop of recent experiences where a Canadian woman, Mrs Julie Mulligan and the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Waje Yayok, were kidnapped at different times in the state.

The first kidnap story in the state involved two pastors of a new generation church who abducted a school child and demanded ransom from his parents.

Speaking while signing the Bill into law at the Government House, Governor Sambo commended the House of Assembly for concluding the processes speedily.

His words: “It is with great pleasure that I receive you all and to express my sincere appreciation with the fast conclusion of the Bill containing the law prohibiting kidnapping in Kaduna State. This is a very important law in the sense that kidnapping is an obnoxious act and should not be tolerated in any society.

“By this law, kidnapping in Kaduna State has stopped. Under the law, offenders will  be arrested and jailed. Any person caught in this obnoxious act will spend the rest of his life in prison with hard labour.

“I must, therefore, seize this opportunity to advise all citizens to desist from such act and that the Kaduna State Government will give employment opportunities and access to good living to our citizens,” Sambo added.


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