Taraba State House of Assembly yesterday amended the state’s Kidnapping and Abduction Prohibition Act 2010, to introduce death penalty and life imprisonment for offenders.
Majority Leader and member representing Karim Lamido 1 constituency, Mr Charles Maijankai, moved the motion for amendment of the Act, which was seconded by Mr Bashir Mohammed, Minority Leader of the House during plenary.
Speaker, Mr Abel Diah said that the bill, upon its assent by Governor Darius Ishaku would become Kidnapping and Abduction Prohibition Amendment Act, 2019.
Diah who represents Mbamnga constituency, said that the bill would ensure protection of residents of the state against kidnapping.
The speaker said that the new bill has amended sections three, four, seven and eight of the 2010 Act.
He stated that the bill stipulates that any person who kidnaps or abducts a person or by other any means of instilling or tricking another person with intent to demand ransom or compel another person to do anything against his wish shall be sentenced to death.
He explained that the person shall also forfeit all property and proceeds traceable to him or her to the State Government.
The speaker also said that any person who attempts to kidnap shall be sentenced to life imprisonment while any person who willfully permits his building or premises to be used for the act shall be sentenced to life imprisonment without an option of fine.
“The new bill prescribes punishment for violators as; any person, who threatens to kill, maim, injure or cause panic in order to compel another person, corporate or government organisation to do or refrain from doing any act committed an offence and is liable on conviction to 20 years without an option of fine.
“It also said that any person who threatens to kidnap another person by means of phone calls, text messages or any electronic device shall be convicted to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
“And any person who conceals any information or has knowledge as to the existence of a kidnap group or is aware of the planning and execution of a kidnap or abduction without informing relevant security agencies commits and offence and shall be convicted to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine,” he said.