In a bid to address the recent rise in cattle rustling and kidnapping in Niger state, the State House of Assembly have passed a law to criminalize the offences of kidnapping and cattle rustling.
According to the law, armed cattle rustlers will be sentenced to death while kidnappers will be sentenced to life imprisonment while.
At its sitting yesterday, the Speaker of the House, Honorable Ahmed Madafa said that with the law, the menace of kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state will be reduced and the people will be discouraged from engaging in the act.
The bill was adopted after a report by the Committee on Security headed by the deputy Speaker, Honorable Hussaini Ibrahim.
According to the bill, any offender who is being armed with offensive weapon or in company of any person so armed attacks or uses any personal violence to anybody, the person shall be liable on conviction to be sentenced to death.
It was also stated that whoever forcefully takes over, deprives or unlawfully converts any cattle from the owner or rearer to his benefit will be said to have committed the offence of cattle rustling.
Meanwhile, anyone who aids, abets or facilitates any act of kidnapping will be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment while anyone who arranges for self kidnap will be sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
The Chairman of the Committee, Honorable Hussaini Ibrahim said that offenders will also forfeit their entire properties unless he proves that the properties are not proceeds of any crime committed by him. The Nation