Kidnappers in Bauchi State will now have to think twice before carrying out their nefarious activity as the state government has made the offence of kidnapping punishable with death or life imprisonment.
This is as Governor Mohammed Abdullahi signed into law a bill to that effect, Monday.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Umar, made this known on Tuesday while briefing journalists in Bauchi.
He said the Governor also assented to bills on fisheries and accidents.
Umar said the Governor assented to the bills on Monday.
“Whoever is guilty of the offence of kidnapping shall be punished with life imprisonment.
“If the victim dies as a result of the kidnapping, the offender shall be punished with death.
According to Mr. Umar, whoever seizes, confines, tricks, abducts or carries away anybody and holds to ransom or otherwise with or without a weapon, commits the offence of kidnapping.
Umar said the state government also signed into law a bill for provision of free emergency treatment to accident victims within 24 hours of occurrence.