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Ritual killings : Osun House Of Assembly Passes Death Penalty Bill

The Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed into law, the death penalty bill for kidnapping, banditry and ritual killings.

Speaking on the approval, the assembly speaker, Timothy Owoeye told press men that the passed bill will soon be transferred to Governor Gboyega Oyetola for his approval.

The honourable speaker said:

“Where the life of the person kidnapped, restrained or seized is lost in the process, the kidnapper(s) is liable on conviction and will be sentenced to death.”

“Any person who kidnaps another person by any means or instilling fears or tricks or compels another to do anything against his will commits an offence.”

“Where the life of the person kidnapped is lost in the process and the kidnapper is liable on conviction, he or she is to be sentenced to death.”

“Not lost in the process, but he is released upon payment of a ransom or performance of a ransom act, the kidnapper is liable on conviction to repay the sum he/she received as ransom and to imprisonment for life and the ransom act shall be reversed.”

“Any person who knowingly or willingly allows his premises, building or place belonging to or occupied by him or her and which he has control over to be used for purposes or keeping a kidnapped person, commits an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for 15 years and such building shall be forfeited to the government for public use.”

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