The Nigerian Senate today, Tuesday July 14, passed life imprisonment bill for kidnappers.
The red chamber equally removed gender restrictions on offences of rape. The bill which was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing Lagos Central, was tagged “the Criminal Code Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020”.
Chairman, Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human and Legal Matters, Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele, had noted that the aim of criminal law and criminal justice system is not only for punishment but also for deterrence, retribution, restoration and rehabilitation of offenders.
The bill provided for a life sentence for persons found guilty of kidnapping as against the provisions of Section 363 of the Act, which proffer the punishment of imprisonment for a term of 10 years, where the offence of kidnapping is established.
The life imprisonment bill also identified that the rate of kidnapping across the country and the resultant trauma, not to mention the number of lives lost to the crime, necessitates the review of the laws with a view to ensuring appropriate punishment for perpetrators as well as serve as deterrence to would be perpetrators.