Nigeria’s senators have passed a bill imposing the death sentence on kidnappers and 30 years in jail for people who collude with them, Premium Times reports.
Senator Chukwuka Utazi, Enugu-North, said the bill sought to combat and prevent any form of kidnapping in Nigeria by giving wider powers to the Inspector-General of Police to ensure adequate policing of the crime.
Nigeria has experienced numerous cases of kidnappings.
On Wednesday the deputy police commissioner in the northwestern Kaduna state and his wife were kidnapped.
It follows another high profile incident over the weekend when gunmen kidnapped the head of a zoo in the mid-western Edo state.
In June, police arrested a high profile kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, Premium Times reports.
Evans in August pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping brought against him by the Lagos’ state government, it adds.