Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, former Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrimes, has bemoaned the increasing rate of kidnapping in the country.
The lawmaker told newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday that drastic measures should be taken against kidnappers or the heinous crime would become more disturbing and unmanageable. He further proffered a solution, using the rampant drug peddling scourge of the 80s as an example and explained that the fact that the government ensured that drug peddlers who were arrested faced the firing squad reduced drug peddling drastically.
He referred to Nigerians as “stubborn” people that will not change unless there is a deterrent.
"These heinous crimes against humanity have gone beyond the normal Fulani herdsmen attacks and have become a real trade for those who engage in them. Let me be honest with you, the situation is very worrisome. I believe and I am afraid because Nigerians themselves are yet to take a drastic measure,” he said.
“I believe by the time anyone caught in the act faces death penalty other people will learn and stop.
“Kidnappers have been arrested but nothing has been done to them. I believe taking them to court is a longer process.
“Today, going to Saudi Arabia, Bangkok, Singapore or India with drugs or to commit other forms of crime attracts death penalty and such had to an extent stemmed the trend.
“Nigerians are very stubborn people. They won’t change except there is a deterrent. These people collect cash from victims and take it to banks but the banks have not been reporting receipt of strange money accounts.”