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Death Sentence For Kidnappers In Oyo State: Ajimobi Signs Bill Into Law In Ibadan

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April 13, 2016 – Oyo State Nigeria Governor Ajimobi Signs Death Sentence Law For Kidnappers

Death Sentence Law For Kidnappers In Oyo State: Ajimobi Signs Bill Into Law In Ibadan

It is official, anyone caught kidnapping or killing in Oyo State will be sentenced to death with no option of fine ONLY if the victim dies in captivity but if the victim escapes or ransom had been paid, the kidnapper will face life imprisonment.

In addition to life behind bars, the kidnapper will have to pay back the ransom.

Ajimobi signed the bill into law this past Friday.



  1. RAPO

    April 13, 2016 at 3:31 AM


  2. Omokehinde

    April 13, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    First, I want to thank his excellency-Gov. Ajimobi, the state legislature, and the entire people of Oyo state for their bold step and courageous effort to deal with the evil business of kidnapping with death penalty. Kidnapping of people against their will in exchange for ransom money is evil, sinful, and highly destructive and counterproductive for economic and social activities of any community, state, and the entire nation. It My hope that the state will effectively enforce the law on any kidnapper caught in the act regardless of his or her political connection, influence, and backgoround. Enforcement of law is a major issue in our corrupt society where those with power, fame, and political connection like Ms. Ibinabo can get away with murder crime. This will definitely send majority of the kidnappers away from Oyo state. Other states in the country should follow this bold step taken by the governor and Oyo state residents.

  3. D Hunter

    April 13, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    Yeah! Thats it! A bold step. Pace setter. Love it. Let it begin. People need to co-operate with security personnel now in Oyo State more seriously than ever regarding this issue.

    One fact we must not shy away from is that people should be very very careful how they go about their daily business especially in Oyo state because, now thats Death sentence has been signed into Law there for kidnappers, chances are that… these dare devils may now become very rugged and brutal with their victims.
    May God help us not to fall a victim.

    My strolling continues…

  4. Femi

    April 13, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    I agree

  5. Jilo

    April 13, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    This Governor has taken the valiant step as to put an end to this social crime called kidnapping in his state. As I have said before that it only take one state to adopt a stiff measure against this social menace before it degenerate to uncontrollable situation. I tip my hat for this governor. Very soon other state will try to emulate this approach. Thanks once again Governor Ajimobi.


    April 13, 2016 at 5:08 AM

    Good step

  7. Metu Nyetu

    April 13, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    Where no such a law had ever existed before, I say it is a good thing coming. But I want to be quick in saying that I do not like the “comma” they have put in that law, namely the condition that the “kidnappee” must die in the custody of the kidnapper before the kidnapper is handed a death sentence. They have inadvertently created a loophole in this law, which a good lawyer will always exploit.

    Kidnapping is worse than armed robbery. You snatch my car from me at gun point, I endure the pain with the hope that I would buy another one tomorrow. But the psychological helplessness and depair that grips the owners of a kidnap victim is unexplainable, unimaginable, and excruciating. You would not know whether your own is alive or not, whether the kidnappers would still kill him even after the ramsom had been paid or not. This makes you restless, crazy, and robs you of every appetite to eat.

    In view of all this harm they inflict on people, I hard thought that a death sentence would have been evenly spread across all cases of kidnap.

    • Metu Nyetu

      April 13, 2016 at 9:04 AM

      Again, how about when a victim, after release, dies in his own house, but as a result of the injury sustained or disease contacted in the kidnappers den? What happens then? This people no try for this law abeg. Stealing a human being should never be viewed the same way as stealing a property.

    • Tee

      April 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM

      @Metu Nyetu, you are so right i will add that there should not be any lea way or plea bargaining for a kidnapper, for daring to take the step of kidnapping and then demanding for ransom which in most cases the families cannot afford, some have to sell their properties to pay the heartless kidnappers. the moment they engage in the heinous crime they have lost their claim to human right and so should not be treated with glove hands. the stake is now high for any kidnapper in oyo state, it is the implementation that will be most crucial, i hope the judges will do the needy when they are presented with these bad elements in our society. let’s hope the FG can pass a new bill specially for kidnapping since it is now affection the economy and obstacle to inward investment for around the world. kidnapping is akin to piracy on the sea.

  8. Big Aunty Koks

    April 13, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    The compartmentalized punishment seems like good reasoning. Let’s hope it stops these hoodlums.

  9. So?

    April 13, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Crap! It should be death by firing squad or hanging! What if you or your daughter was kidnapped, molested, raped, starved, or partly cut up for ritual? would you say life in prison just cos she escape or you paid your life savings to get her out? You guys should be straight and not weak so that these kidnapping would cease completely. Why give them options they will try out in case they success in evading arrest. You all cry then, come back in the future to harden the bill. Why not stamp it now! Death to all kidnappers under 72 hrs of capture. The first 24hrs will be for their confession/media, the second day will be for judgement and the 3rd day will be execution day. This way the law will be organised and Nigerians will feel safer.

  10. sola olaniyi

    April 13, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    This is a very laudable and courageous step to eradicate kidnapping in oyo state,other state governors should emulate Ajimobi


    April 13, 2016 at 11:12 AM


  12. Danti

    April 13, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Hey! Agba! Ajimobi lagba, please wake other governors up to the new reality.

  13. Grace

    April 13, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Also all their families must be arrested. I wish i have his numbers to tell him this. All families and sisters of thieves arm robbers kidnappers 419 should all be arrested if caught. This will stop them it is toomuch Nigeria spoilt because of all these.

  14. Grace

    April 13, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    They share all that is stolen with their families so arrest and locked up their entire families in jail.
    I think they do this in Anambra. Do this all over Nigeria

  15. Olanrewaju

    April 13, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Kudos to th governor of Oyo state,this would reduce the rate of kidnapping and killing

  16. Justin B

    April 13, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    His Excellence Sir, may God bless you for signing this law, I concur to it.

    I want to suggest that those men that are raping under age should also be included in this type of law, so dat such evil will stop.

  17. Tee

    April 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    typo..from around..

  18. Maryf

    April 14, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    This law is good. Infact, its the best ever.

  19. mulikat

    April 14, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Very gud step Gov.Ajimobi,hope rest 35 state follow Oyo State,God Almight bless u and ur Familie Excellence Gov Ajimobi.pls Sir dont forget Robbers and Ritualist killing.

  20. sharon stone

    April 15, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    nice judgement to those kidnappers. governor Oyo I hail you sir.

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