Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has signed the state’s anti-kidnapping bill into law.
The bill provides a death penalty for kidnappers where the victim dies in their custody.
“Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos,” Ambode said while signing the bill.
“Why we use this law to address the challenge and punish the criminals, we are also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in our schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent security breaches, and it is important that we ensure that everything we do in respect of this anti-kidnapping law is in good faith and good spirit to eradicate the issue of kidnapping once and for all in the state.
“Any criminal caught will be subjected to the full wrath of the law,” he added.
The Lagos State House of Assembly passed the Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes on Thursday, January 5.
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