Katsina State, Governo Aminu Masari has declared that kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling will now attract the death penalty.
The state’s revised penal codes on crime and criminality was signed into law yesterday by the governor. The signing of the new law also prescribes life jail and fine for rapists, preceded the valedictory session of the State Executive Council (SEC).
According to Governor Masari, the law was necessitated by the spate of killings and other banditry attacks in the state.
In his words:
“we are all aware that Katsina State is currently faced with security challenges hence the need to revisit our penal and procedural laws to deal with any suspect that may be found wanting.
The laws signed today, particularly, the section dealing with kidnapping, cattle rustling, banditry, rape and other related offences are now made capital offences.
Cattle rustling and kidnapping now carry the maximum penalty which is death sentences, while the offence of rape now carries life imprisonment.”
Masari said government hoped that criminals would be deterred by the imposition of the capital punishment.