Osun Anti-kidnapping Bill: Stakeholders call for death penalty for kidnappers

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Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun

By Olajide Idowu

Osogbo – Participants at the public hearing on the ‘Osun Anti-kidnaping and Other Related Crimes Bill, 2019 held on Tuesday, have called for death penalty for anybody involved in kidnapping in the .

Some participants at the hearing at the assembly complex in Osogbo, also called for compensation for kidnap and rape victims as well as restitution ransom paid by families those kidnapped whether released alive or dead.

The , Osun Civil Society Coalition, Mr Waheed Lawal, urged to declare on unemployment.

Lawal said most unemployed youths now engaged in social vices such as kidnapping, robbery and ritual.

The Speaker the assembly and sponsored the bill, Mr Timothy Owoeye, said the bill would stiffer penalty to stop the menace kidnapping in the .

Owoeye said the public hearing on the bill and of the Establishment Bill held on Monday, was to get inputs of the public and make needed adjustments and inclusion to the bills.

“The public hearing on the bills was to enable people to make contributions to the laws so can be generally acceptable.

“So far, so go; the hearing has yielded the desired outcomes and the contributions made by the participants would be effected in the bills.

“As the anti-kidnapping bill is concerned, the people have unanimously agreed for death sentence for kidnappers. The house would deliberate on the contributions of the people,” he said.

Owoeye stated when the bills (especially the anti-kidnapping bill) was passed, would reduce the nefarious activities of kidnappers in the state.