Osun Assembly okays death penalty for kidnappers

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Osun State House of Assembly has passed into law, a bill prohibiting kidnapping, banditry and ritual killing.

The bill, which was passed into law on Tuesday, was read for the third time, having passed through debates to correct identified grey areas by the committee of the whole of the House of Assembly.

Speaker Timothy Owoeye said that with the passage of the bill, Section 364 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Law of Osun, which stipulated 10 years for kidnappers, stood repealed and replaced with the death penalty.

He said: “Where the life of the person kidnapped, restrained or seized is lost in the process, the kidnapper(s) is liable on conviction and will be sentenced to death.”

Owoeye said any person who kidnaps another person by any means or instilling fears or tricks or compels another to do anything against his will commits an offence.

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Said he: “Where the life of the person kidnapped is lost in the process and the kidnapper is liable on conviction, he or she is to be sentenced to death.

“Not lost in the process, but he is released upon payment of a ransom or performance of a ransom act, the kidnapper is liable on conviction to repay the sum he/she received as ransom and to imprisonment for life and the ransom act shall be reversed.

“Any person who knowingly or willingly allows his premises, building or place belonging to or occupied by him or her and which he has control over to be used for purposes or keeping a kidnapped person, commits an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for 15 years and such building shall be forfeited to the government for public use.”

Owoeye said the passed bill will soon be transmitted to Governor Gboyega Oyetola for his assent as soon as administrative processes are completed.

Osun State Government on Tuesday set up a committee on peaceful co-existence between Fulani/Bororo and crop farmers.

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The committee is headed by the former Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Oguntola Mudasiru Toogun.

By the appointment, Toogun is also a special adviser to the governor.

Other members of the committee are Tajudeen Omopehu, Peter Adetoye Adewoyin and Sule Muhammad.

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A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Oluwole Oyebamiji, said Toogun’s appointment takes effect from December 3, 2018.

“While congratulating you on this well-deserved appointment, the government counts much on you that this elevation will enhance your performance with a view to moving Osun State to greater heights,” Oyebamiji said.

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