Senate passes bill prescribing life imprisonment for kidnappers

The Senate in a plenary session
Emeh Joy

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill which directs that kidnappers get a life jail instead of the current ten years maximum jail sentence.

The bill contains amendments to the criminal code which is currently in use in the southern part of the country.

The proposed legislation was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu and is titled, "A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C. 38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004."

The bill seeks to eliminate the statute of limitation on defilement, remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape, as well as increase punishment for the crime of kidnapping and other related matters.

It further eliminates the time frame for prosecuting defilement cases by increasing the period from two months to as many years as the victim decides to take up the matter.

It also takes away gender restrictions on the offence of rape by explaining that both male and female could be raped.

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