To halt the heinous crime of kidnapping that has become a major threat to the safety of Nigerians, the Senate on Wednesday October 4, 2017 approved death penalty as the punishment for anyone found guilty of abduction, wrongful restraints or wrongful confinement for ransom.
This resolution followed the adoption of a report by the Joint Committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence presented by its Chairman, Senator Abu Ibrahim.
The Senate Joint Committee observed that security agencies were unable to perform optimally due to inadequate support which it said deprived them of the necessary funding required to procure and deploy modern technology and equipment to sufficiently combat crimes.
The Committee equally noted what it described as “unnecessary and unhealthy rivalry among security agencies” which denies them the benefit of synergy and intelligence sharing.
Although relations of victims were always ready to pay ransom, which tend to encourage criminals to perpetrate their act, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said there is need to discourage the payment of ransom.
The Senate Committee recommended adequate funding for security agencies and advised the federal government to ensure that deliberate efforts are made toward creating employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths. The Senate also tasked security agencies to embark on training and re-training of security personnel for effective capacity building. Besides, it charged state governments to make laws that will enable security agencies to prosecute kidnappers and culprits of related offences in their respective states.
Kidnapping which started in the Niger Delta region of the country with the abduction of foreign oil workers has gradually advanced into a flourishing nation-wide business for criminals. Many parts of the country now suffer from it.
The ordeal that victims of kidnapping and their families go through has made armed robbery a less feared crime. These days, mass abduction of bus passengers has been added to the equation. The entire Northwest zone of the country was recently hit by a gale of kidnapping. Kidnappers operated almost freely on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road; Obajana-Lokoja, Ajaokuta-Lokoja and Kabba-Obajana roads in Kogi state. The Benin-Akure road in Edo State is another notorious route for kidnappers.
Source: Daily Trust