In a bid to curb the increasing rate of kidnapping, banditry, and ritual killings in the state, the Osun State House of Assembly has on Tuesday passed into law the bill that recommends death sentence to the aforementioned list of heinous crimes.
The Speaker, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, during his submission, argued that with the passage of the bill, section 364 of the criminal code cap 38 law of Osun, which initially prescribes 10 years for kidnappers will now be replaced with a death penalty.
According to reports, the bill passed thorough evaluation at a public hearing and was later considered by the committee of the whole House before passing its third reading.
Owoeye further explained that in a case where the life of the person kidnapped or restrained is lost in the process, the kidnapper(s) will be liable on conviction and sentenced to death.
The bill reads in part:
“Any person who kidnaps another person by any means or instilling fear or tricks or compels another to do anything against his will commits an offence.
“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.
“Any person who knowingly or willingly allow his premises, building or place belonging to or occupied by him or her and which he has control over to be used for purposes of keeping a kidnapped person, commits an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for 15years and such building shall be forfeited to government for public use.”
Lastly, the Speaker noted that the passed bill would soon be sent to the state governor for his assent as soon as administrative processes were fully completed.