Governor Masari signs death penalty for kidnappers, cattle rustlers
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has signed into law of the amended penal code of criminal justice system in Katsina State.
Speaking during the brief ceremony for the assenting of the laws, Governor Masari explained that the state is currently faced with security challenges, hence the need to revisit the penal and procedural laws to deal with any suspect that may be found wanting.
The Governor revealed that the two laws that were signed, particularly the penal code had been amended generally and in particular the section dealing with kidnappings,cattle rustling, rape and other related offences.
He announced the punishment for cattle rustling and kidnappings now are made capital offences, which carry the mandatory death sentences.
He said the offence of rape now carries the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment in addition to fine and compensation to the victim.
Governor Masari said the decision to make these offences serious ones with capital punishments could not be overemphasized.
The Governor expressed hope that the reviewed laws would serve as deterrent to those that may be convicted and people with the intention to commit such crimes.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur
Government House Press centre