Kidnapping is now a very serious offence in Oyo State, which attracts maximum punishment of death sentence in the event of the death of a kidnap victim while in captivity of the abductors.
However, a convicted offender will be liable to life imprisonment if the victim is released or rescued unhurt upon the payment of a ransom, while the kidnapper will be compelled to pay back the ransom.
Similar punishment awaits any person who procures, engages or gives information culminating in the kidnapping of a victim, an offence the law considered to carry the same weight of kidnapping.
These highlight the new kidnapping (prohibition) bill 2016 signed into law by the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Friday, copies of which were made available on Tuesday.
The bill had earlier been passed into law by the state House of Assembly, following the submission of report by the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary and Justice, Hon. Olukayode Akande.
The Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo and Permanent Secretary/Clerk of the House, Mr. Paul Bankole, had earlier signed the bill before the governor’s assent.
Under the new law, 20 years imprisonment awaits anyone makes an attempt to kidnap, while anybody who aids or abets kidnapping is liable to imprisonment for 15 years upon conviction.
Besides, the law stipulates 15 years imprisonment or any non-custodian punishment that may be determined by the court for any person who puts himself forward to be kidnapped for the purpose of extorting ransom from his employer, any person or body.
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