Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has signed the new Lagos State anti-kidnapping bill into law.
The law which was passed by the State Assembly not long ago, prescribes a life sentence for anyone found guilty of kidnapping for ransom. It also provides that if a victim dies in the captivity, the suspect, if found guilty, will be liable to death.
Ambode, during the signing of the bill noted that the bill was necessitated by the increase in the rate of kidnap incidents across the state, adding that no responsible government would keep quiet about the development.
He added that his administration will also beef up security in places where people are vulnerable to such attacks.
“Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos,” the governor said.
“While we use this law to address the challenge and punish the criminals,we are also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in our schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent security breaches.
“And it is important that we ensure that everything we do in respect of this anti-kidnapping law is in good faith and good spirit to eradicate the issue of kidnapping once and for all in the state,” he added.
Speaker of the Lagos State Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended the Governor for approving the bills, declaring it as a clear testimony of the commitment of the state government to the security of citizens.
Obasa, who was represented at the event by the majority leader of the Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade, said that the anti-kidnapping law was all-encompassing as it prescribes punishment for the “actual actors, those that collaborate, aid and abet and those who see the act of kidnapping being perpetrated and do nothing about it”.