The Senate yesterday resolved to enact a legislation prescribing the death penalty for kidnappers. The resolution followed the submission and consideration of the report of the Joint Committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence on the “unfortunate recurrence of kidnapping and hostage-taking in Nigeria.”
Senators were outraged that kidnapping and hostage-taking, which used to be contained in the South-South and Southeast, was becoming widespread. Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central), who spoke, proposed that the National Assembly should enact a law prescribing the death penalty for kidnappers. The proposal was seconded by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West).