Taraba Governor signs death sentence for kidnappers


Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku has signed into law, anti kidnapping act which prescribes death sentence for kidnappers in the state.

The Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, in a statement said, “The law is intended to help contain kidnapping which is today a major concern in Taraba.

“Under the new law, anybody found guilty of abduction or kidnapping in the state will pay the supreme price for it.

“The law is a product of government’s concern about insecurity in the state, particularly, kidnapping for money which is rampant in the state and other parts of the country.”

The governor’s assent to the bill follows the amendment of the Kidnapping and Abduction Prohibition Act 2010 by the Taraba State House of Assembly which introduces the death penalty and life imprisonment for offenders.

Taraba state has experienced several high-profile kidnappings in recent times.

Under the new law, if convicted of kidnapping, offenders would be penalised by death.

The bill which was sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Peter Abel Diah, was unanimously supported.

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