Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday signed the Lagos State Kidnapping Prohibition Bill 2016 into law.
The bill which prescribes life imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State, is bad news for Chukwudubem Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, a kidnap kingpin who was recently nabbed by the police in the state.
“This law imposes a penalty for life imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom. The law stipulates that where a victim dies in the course of kidnapping, the suspect is liable on conviction to death,” Ambode said.
“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 State. Our justice system will be required to execute this law in absolute and make sure that any criminal caught faces the full wrath of the law,” he added.
The signing into law of the bill comes weeks after Evans, a billionaire kidnapper who orchestrated several high profile abductions and robberies in Enugu, Anambra and Lagos states was arrested by the police inside his Magodo mansion.