The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has directed the ministry of justice to immediately amend the penal code on kidnapping to death penalty.
This means that anyone guilty of kidnapping in Kano State will face death penalty.
Ganduje’s action is related to the kidnapping of nine children in Kano which were later sold off in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The governor gave the directive on Thursday as he set up a 16-man panel to probe the abduction.
Ganduje said only capital punishment will deter kidnapping business that had taken a new dimension in the state.
“These children will be rehabilitated. We must rehabilitate them. We must make them continue performing the Islamic religion. They will grow in our religion and culture,” he said
The governor also disclosed that the rescued children have been offered scholarship upto university level.
He announced the donation of N1 million each to the coffers of the victims’ parents.
Parts of the terms of reference given to the commission include: “To conduct an inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State from the year 2010 to date and to procure all such evidence, written or oral, and to examine all such persons as witnesses as the commissioners may think it necessary or desirable to procure or examine.”
“To summon any person in Nigeria to attend any meeting of the commissioners to give evidence or produce any document or another thing in his possession and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration, such oath or declaration.
“To admit or exclude the public or any member of the public or press from any hearing of the commission, to prepare comprehensive data of missing persons in Kano State within the period and circumstances in which they disappeared.
“To find out both immediate and remote causes of cases of missing persons and to prepare and submit a written report including findings and recommendations to the Government of Kano State.”
CAN Disassociates Christians, Association
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Adeolu Adeyemo wept over the dastardly act. He dissassocated Christians and CAN from the incident.
“As I sit here today, I see the gravity of t
“I was touched, very touched when we learnt about the rescue of these kidnapped children. It broke my heart and my heart is still broken. This is a crime against humanity which is condemned by God.
“In the Bible, it is not permitted to separate a child from the mother until the age of 13. This is evil punishable in the sight of God. Those people who committed this crime are not Christians, and do not represent the tenets of Christianity.
“Kano is a mini-Nigeria and we want to thank Governor Ganduje for making Kano a home for all. Nobody kidnaps for Christ. CAN condemn this act and Christians all over the world condemn it ”