Death penalty for kidnapping in Edo receives mixed reaction

Benin City – A former member of the National Assembly, Ehiogie West-Idahosa, lauded Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State for making kidnapping a capital offence in the state.

West-Idahosa, who represented Ovia North-East and South-West Constituency in the House of Representatives, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Oshiomhole had on October 18 signed the law making kidnapping in the state punishable by death.

“I am convinced that the death penalty for kidnappers will definitely send a signal that the state is not ready to accept criminality,’’ West-Idahosa said.

He, however, said the law would only be successful if it was properly implemented by the appropriate security agencies.

Meanwhile the human rights group Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) opposed the law, saying it would not deter kidnapping in the state.

Chino Obiagwu, National Coordinator of the group told NAN that the government should rather concentrate on improving the capacity and efficiency of the police to fight crime.

Obiagwu said: “Making it a capital offence cannot stop kidnapping because the severity of punishment is not a deterrent to crime.

“Death penalty does not solve anything. As a matter of fact, a lot of innocent people will be killed because of poor investigations.”




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