Osun State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, passed into law a bill prohibiting kidnapping, banditry and ritual killing.
The bill, after the passage, was confirmed as a law of the state.
Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, while speaking on the bill, noted that with the passage of the bill, Section 364 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Law of Osun, which stipulated 10 years for kidnappers, stood repealed and replaced with the death penalty.
“Where the life of the person kidnapped, restrained or seized is lost in the process, the kidnapper(s) is liable on conviction and will be sentenced to death.
“Where the life of the person kidnapped is lost in the process and the kidnapper is liable on conviction, he or she is to be sentenced to death.
“Not lost in the process, but he is released upon payment of a ransom or performance of a ransom act, the kidnapper is liable on conviction to repay the sum he/she received as ransom and to imprisonment for life and the ransom act shall be reversed.”
Owoeye added that as soon as the administrative process is completed, it would be transmitted to Governor Gboyega Oyetola for his assent.