Senate To Enact Special Anti-Kidnapping Laws

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Kogi Senator Melaye demands the Senate do “something different and more aggressive”

Worried about the spate of kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria, Senate on Wednesday October 2, resolved to enact a Special Anti-Kidnapping legislation for the country.

The upper legislative chamber reached this decision after an additional prayer by Senator Matthew Uroghide to a Point of Order by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) on the activities of kidnappers along Abuja-Lokoja High Way.

Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye

Nigeria has no law specifically targeted for kidnapping even though it is treated as a criminal offense. Therefore, in order to curb the nefarious activities of kidnappers, a few states have come up with legislation which carries the “Death Sentence.”

The States will have to domesticate the proposed Special Anti-kidnapping law if eventually passed.

Under Order 42 and 52, Senator Dino Melaye narrated how the kidnappers have taken over the Abuja-Lokoja highway. He narrated how on three separate occasions, kidnappers abducted 26 people and killed a police officer last September.

The Kogi West lawmaker called for citizen diplomacy that will make the life of every Nigeria matter and further asked the Senate to call on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to intensify efforts to protect Citizens.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan

While the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan asked for a review of the country’s security architecture whilst pointing out that “we’re not getting the best out of them”, he said there was need to increase the budgetary allocation of the various security agencies to enable them function more effectively.

Senate agreed to the proposal and subsequently resolved to enact a Special Anti-Kidnapping law while asking the Nigeria Immigration Service and other relevant agencies to intensify efforts to effectively secure the borders.

Source: Elombah News

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