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Terrorism Act: Ransom payment can’t be criminalized without effort to rescue victims- Oshoma

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Still insecurity matters… To discourage the rising spate of kidnapping and abduction for ransom – a menace now spreading across the country, the Nigerian Senate has passed a bill seeking to amend the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013 to prohibit the payment of ransom to kidnappers in the country

The amendment bill was passed for the third and final time on Wednesday after the Senate considered a report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.

Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele in his presentation, said the bill seeks to outlaw the payment of ransom to abductors, kidnappers and terrorist for release of any person who has been wrongfully confined, imprisoned or kidnapped.

The bill imposes a jail term of at least 15 years for payment of ransom to rescue kidnapped victims and also the crime of abduction punishable by death in cases where victims die.

To give further insight into this development, Liborous Oshoma, legal expert joins us on the news. Thank you for joining us.




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