19 October 2011
ABUJA, October 19, (THEWILL) - Hard times await kidnappers in the country as the House of Representatives Wednesday approved life imprisonment sentence for perpetrators of the crime by pushing an anti-kidnapping bill through the crucial second reading.
The House unanimously voted for the passage of the bill following favourable contributions on the document. Before its passage, a member of the House, Hon. Rotimi Makinde (ACN, Osun) narrated his harrowing experience in the hands of kidnappers. He told his colleagues that he was held hostage for five days and during those five days, it was hell on earth.
He submitted that from his experience with kidnappers, no amount of punishment will be too big for perpetrators of the crime. According to the lawmaker, what victims go through in the hands of kidnappers is inexplicable and cannot be quantified with whatever punishment that is meted out to the perpetrators.