Senate President, David Mark Sunday canvassed death penalty for kidnappers, emphasising that all those who engage in the act do not deserve to live.
Mark who called for the application of “Hammurabi’s ancient Mesopotamian law of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” said: “If that is the only way to stop kidnapping, we can as well apply it here.”
The Senate President, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, made this remark in Abagana, Anambra State, during the funeral mass for Chief James Emeka Iloenyosi, who died in the custody of kidnappers recently.
He described the incessant cases of kidnapping in the country as a big shame adding that unless stringent measures are applied to curb the menace, it will remain for so long.
“The unabating cases of kidnapping are a big shame. If stringent measures were not adopted, the perpetrators would not stop. Itâ€™s a big challenge to all of us. Government is there to take responsibilities, but the community cannot absolve herself of basic responsibilities. These kidnappers live among us. It is therefore incumbent on community leaders to fish them out. Today, it is Chief Iloenyosi, who knows the next victim tomorrow.
“If a traditional ruler like Chief Iloenyosi was kidnapped and died in the hands of his abductors, then who is safe in this community. That is why everybody must vow to say enough is enough and no more to kidnapping in Anambra State,” Mark said.
However, Anambra, Edo and Delta State Governments have already signed the law prescribing death penalty for kidnappers including destruction of their houses once caught.
Also yesterday, Mark asked all Nigerians to be ready to battle terrorists who have held Northeastern zone, notably Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States hostage.
Reacting to the latest attacks on Michika in Adamawa State and Maiduguri, Borno State, at the weekend, the Senate President said the dimension of the renewed attacks had gone beyond human comprehension but “with co-operation and support of the citizenry, we can salvage the situation.”