The Osun state House of Assembly Tuesday held a public hearing on the proposed death penalty for kidnappers.
The state legislators had proposed death penalty for anybody found culpable in kidnapping and the bill was applauded by many groups and individuals in the state.
Speaking at the public hearing, the Speaker, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, said the boyfriend killer of an undergraduate student of the University of Lagos, Favour, that was killed in Ikoyi, Osun state, will get death penalty.
He expressed displeasure over the rising case of kidnapping saying: “Osun has witnessed about six cases in 2020 alone but we are eager to nip it in the bud.”
He said the existing penalty for capital offences, like kidnapping is too minimal, and that is why we deem it fit to promulgate another law that whoever is caught in kidnapping should face death penalty.
“We as parents must continue to educate our young ones that there is no shortcut to success. The better way is preparation, hard work and perseverance.
The state coordinator of Hunter Group of Nigeria, HGN, Mr. Hammed Nureni, urged the assembly to immediately pass the bill into law, saying kidnappers deserve no mercy.
He said the kidnappers are ruthless and merciless to their victims and they deserve no lenient penalty.
Also, the commandant, Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) in Osun state, Mr. Bello Aderemi, backed the proposed bill, saying kidnappers have waisted many lives of their victims.
He advised members of the public to always divulge information for security operatives to be prompt in chasing kidnappers, promising that his members would continue to support the present administration.
But the representative of Catholic Church of Nigeria, Paul Kehinde, said the Catholic does not support death penalty for any offence, noting that only God can take human life.