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Respondents Speaks On Senate Bill Against Abduction, Wrongful Confinement For Ransom

The need for the criminal justice system in Nigeria to be revisited has been advocated by some legal practitioners in Benin City.

Amenze Obarisiagbon reports that the respondents applauded the efforts of the Senate to combat kidnapping in the country with the recent passage of a bill against abduction and wrongful confinement for a ransom.
Reacting to the bill recently passed by the Senate for the punishment of offences of abduction, some respondents said the criminal code act already provides a penalty for kidnapping.

They said though that law is in existence, there was still need to create stiffer laws against kidnapping in the nation and applauded the senate for the initiative.
Other respondents were, however, of the view that despite the different provisions for punishments against kidnapping in the country, until the criminal justice system is overhauled, crime rate in the nation will continually be on the increase.

The process of enacting a law by the Senate, that prescribes stiff punishment for the offence of abduction, wrongful restraint and wrongful confinement of persons for ransom, began on the 4th of May 2016 and was officially passed 28th September 2017.

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