Human Rights

Nigeria: Delta State Reviews Penalty for Convicted Kidnappers

Convicted kidnappers in Delta State are to, henceforth, bag life imprisonment instead of capital punishment.

The new regime followed the amendment of the state’s Anti-Kidnapping Law 2016 by the legislature.

The legislators, under erstwhile Speaker Victor Ochei, had in 2013 overwhelmingly vetoed former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan who refused to assent the Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Bill 2012 on the ground that long prison terms for heinous crimes instead of death penalty were the vogue globally.

In a letter to the House of Assembly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had appealed for a reconsideration of Section 4, Sub-Section 1 of the legislation which made provision for death penalty.

“The Right Honourable Speaker and Honourable Members of the House are aware that death penalty is globally no longer fashionable as it breaches human right to life and torture, both of which are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948.”

Source: The Guardian