Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, on Friday, signed the ammended state Penal Code into law prescribing the death penalty for kidnappers and cattle ruatlers.
The governor also, who spoke to reporters in Katsina, also disclosed that rape offences would attract life imprisonment.
According to Masari, the state government decided to be tough on criminals because of the security challenges facing the state, expressing hope that the amended laws would serve as a deterrent to those that might be convicted and those nursing the intention of committing such crimes.
Masari said: “Cattle rustling and kidnapping are now capital offences which attract the death penalty. The offence of rape carries a penalty of life sentence apart from fines and compensation to the victim.”
It would be recalled that the state government on Thursday cancelled all activities lined up for the inauguration of Governor Masari for his second term in office.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, the cancellation is in honour of those who lost their lives to the prevailing cases of banditry and the curent widespread insecurity in the state.
The statement added that only the mandatory swearing in of the governor and his deputy will be held. The location and time of the swearing in were however not disclosed.
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