Lagos Assembly proposes kidnapping prohibition law

Olanrewaju Lagada-Abayomi, Lagos

Lagos State House of Assembly is set to come up with a bill that would provide for the prohibition of kidnapping and for related purposes.

Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudshiru Obasa in an opening remarks stated that the intention of the bill is to further expand the scope of the existing kidnapping law to accommodate new challenges and strategies to curb the menace in our society.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Consistency II in his contribution observed that kidnapping which was alien to our society in the past has now assumed dangerous dimension, leaving fears in the minds of the people.

“We need a strong deterrent to curb this evil act. I believe this bill is very timely and a direct response towards curbing the menace of kidnapping in our society, I urge my colleagues to give it a speedy passage”.  

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade emphasised that the bill will tackle those that are making kidnapping a charity business, while the provision that state that anybody whose property is being used for this evil act will be prosecuted is commendable.

Hon. Mojisola Meiranda, representing Apapa1 stated that “This bill will crown the effort of the Lagos State Government in fighting crimes in the State. She further opined that there is also need to educate and sensitize Lagosian to give necessary information to relevant security agencies when they notice suspicious elements and individuals in their community”.

She however advised her colleagues to sensitises their constituents during the oncoming 2nd Lagos State House of Assembly Constituency Stakeholders’ meeting with the theme, “community/ neighborhood policing starts with you” to inform the general public on several government initiatives towards a better secured Lagos.

The bill which was sponsored by the Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has scaled through its second reading and has been committed to the Committee on Judiciary for further necessary action.