A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Moshood Oshun, has explained the inclusion of a death penalty in the recently passed bill against kidnapping by the Assembly.
The bill was passed into law by the lawmakers of the House after it scaled the third reading of the House. It is currently awaiting the assent of the governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
The bill, as passed into law, stipulates that a kidnapper would face the death penalty if it is discovered that a victim ended up dying in his custody.
Among others, it also stipulates a life imprisonment for those found guilty of kidnapping.
Ordinarily, death penalty is being frowned against in some quarters, but Hon Oshun said the punishment is justified according to its placement in the law.
Oshun expressed optimism that the law would help to make every Lagosian conscious of his environment since no landlord would want to face the double punishment of having his property taken away from him and facing prosecution.
Now, he said, no landlord would claim he does not know the kind of job his tenants are into or what they do for living.
The lawmaker said instead of the controversies that surrounds whether death penalty should be introduced or not, Lagosians and the civil society should engage in enlightening people on the consequence of criminal acts like kidnapping.
He also expressed optimism that Governor Ambode would assent to it as it has become important to the protection of lives and properties which is one of the major duties of a government.