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Senate Seeks Life Imprisonment for Kidnappers, 30 Years Jail Term for Ransom Collection
ASSEMBLY WATCH

Senate Seeks Life Imprisonment for Kidnappers, 30 Years Jail Term for Ransom Collection

A bill proposing life imprisonment for the offence of kidnapping or any form of abduction, wrongful restraint and confinement on Tuesday passed second reading in the Senate. The bill sponsored by Senator Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun Central) seeks to, among others, introduce stiffer punishments and punitive measures to combat and prevent kidnapping in Nigeria. Leading debate on the bill, Senator Amosun observed that kidnapping is a major security challenge confronting Nigeria in recent times. According to the lawmaker, the light punishment for the offence has continued to make it grow and assume horrendous dimensions with a negative impact on the economy. “The impact of kidnapping on both economic and daily life has been devastating. “For many Nigerians, kidnapping is far