Masari approves death penalty for kidnappers, rustlers in Katsina
Kidnappers and cattle rustlers will now serve the maximum sentence in Katsina State following the state government’s amendment of relevant sections of the Penal Code and Procedural Law.
The amendment, which was signed into law yesterday by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, also stipulates life sentence for rapists with fine and compensation for the victim.
Masari said the measure to make rustling and kidnapping capital offences followed frequent cases of security challenges in the state brought about by activities of people engaged in such crimes.
“As you are all aware, Katsina State is currently faced with security challenges hence the need to revisit our Penal and Procedural laws to deal with any suspect that may be found wanting.
“The two laws that will be signed today particularly the Penal Code has been amended generally and in particular the sections dealing with kidnapping, cattle rustling, rape and other related offences.
“Punishment for cattle rustling and kidnapping now are made capital offences, which carry the mandatory death sentences. Rape now carries the mandatory sentence of life in addition to fine and compensation to the victim,” he stated. Masari added that the decision to make these offences serious ones with the above punishments could not be overemphasized, adding: “It is hoped that they will serve as deterrent to those with the intention of committing those crimes.”
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