Osun To Review State Criminal Law, Kidnappers To Get Death Penalty


Given the recent spate of kidnappings in the country, the Osun State House of Assembly has moved to review the state’s criminal law to provide for death penalty for kidnapping in the state.

Speaker of Osun House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, revealed this when the new Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Ayodele Olusola, visited him in his office in Osogbo on Tuesday.

The Speaker said the review of the law became necessary so as to discourage kidnapping and other associated vices in the state.

The State House of Assembly, according to the speaker wants to be proactive in making laws that will protect lives and property in the state.

Concerning the upcoming House of Assembly bye-election in Ife Central, Mr. Salaam urged the NSCDC commandant to provide adequate security for the electorate before, during and after the election.

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The new State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Ayodele Olusola, in his remarks pledged that the command would do all what was needful to protect lives and property before and during the election.

Olusola, also said that the command would continue to execute its mandate of protecting government facilities at all time.

The proposed bye-election was as a result of the death of Mr. Dejo Makinde, who represented Ife Central state constituency at the Assembly on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Makinde, who was the minority leader, died on December 2015. Consequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) fixed April 9, for the bye-election.

Meanwhile in developing news, the Osun State government on Monday denied media speculations that the state would not pay salaries of its workers in March in view of its dwindling federal allocation that has seen the state reportedly receiving a paltry N6 million as allocation for February 2016.

The Government assured its workers that just as the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration had weathered the storm to pay salaries up to December, the government was committed to paying workers salary at the end of March, stressing that the considerably reduced FAAC allocation is no more news to the state.

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