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Kidnappers, bandits, informants in Niger state to die by hanging

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Kidnappers, bandits and their informants will be served hot meals in Niger state as the state governor on Friday signed a bill prescribing death by hanging for cattle rustlers, bandits, kidnappers and their ininformants.

The bill was passed on July 1 by the state’s House of Assembly.

According to the state governor, Abubakar Bello, said the kidnapping and cattle rustling special provisions law of 2016 was amended to provide for the punishment of informants and all those involved in the aiding and abetting of kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state.

Bello stated that informants who helped and supported kidnappers will now have to face death by hanging in public.

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“The law now provides that whoever instigates any person to kidnap a person or rustle cattle, or intentionally aids, abets or facilitate by any acts of omission or commission of the offence of kidnapping and or cattle rustling is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to death by hanging in public,” he said.

He also said the punitive measure became necessary owing to the security challenges that have continued to threaten peaceful coexistence in the state.

The governor lamented the role of informants who, according to him, have contributed to thwarting efforts of the security agencies in combating the activities of kidnappers and cattle rustlers.

He said the vigilante amendment law is meant to invigorate and strengthen the state vigilante corps for better operational efficiency in the discharge of their statutory function of “complementing the efforts of our conventional federal security forces”.

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