Kidnap kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law
The recently arrested kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans may likely get a life imprisonment or death penalty sentence.
This is after the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 which prescribes Life Imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State.
Literally, the law provides death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.
The bill was passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on January 5.
Speaking on it, the governor said that the law was enacted to address key issues bordering on security.
He said that kidnapping had become a major threat to the safety of residents and, therefore, required decisive action by the government.
“This law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom.
“The law stipulates that, where a victim dies in the course of kidnapping, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.
“Security is of utmost importance to our administration, and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody, who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos State.
“Our justice system will be required to execute this law in absolute and make sure that any criminal caught faces the full wrath of the law,” he said.
Based on this, it is very likely that Evans, a billionaire kidnap kingpin, who had successfully coordinated and masterminded several high profile kidnappings and armed robberies within Lagos, Anambra and Enugu States, may get a life imprisonment or death penalty sentence.