Following the recommendation of death penalty for kidnappers, the Senate has been urged to take a step further and recommend same punishment for treasury looters.
This call was contained in a statement by the Chairman, Association of Online Media Practitioners, Wole Arisekola.
He noted that while the recommendation made during plenary by the senators prescribing death penalty for kidnappers was laudable, the lawmakers should go a step further by also recommending same punishment for public officials who loot the treasury.
Arisekola said “the same law should be passed on corrupt public officials because corruption is worse than kidnapping”, noting that “kidnappers cannot kidnap the whole nation but corruption kills the entire nation”.
He added: “Corruption is the bane of our underdevelopment, it is the reason behind all the social ills including kidnapping. It is the reason why there are no drugs in hospitals, why our roads are in deplorable conditions, the educational sector is in comatose and why the whole nation is still in darkness.
“One must, however, commend the senators for rising to the occasion by recommending death penalty for kidnappers who are making the country unsafe for all, it is also patient that we should tackle the foundation of crime in our society before we deal with criminals”.