Abdulfatai Buhari, the former chairman Senate Committee on ICT and cybercrime told journalists in Ibadan on Sunday that death penalty for kidnappers in Nigeria is the best option.
He said, the kidnapping and killing in the country would continue except there is a drastic action taken.
The act has become a very lucrative business for those involved.
“These heinous crimes against humanity have gone beyond the normal Fulani herdsmen attacks and have become a real trade for those who engage in them.
Let me be honest with you, the situation is very worrisome. I believe and I am afraid because Nigerians themselves are yet to take a drastic measure.
“I believe by the time anyone caught in the act faces death penalty other people will learn and stop.
”Kidnappers have been arrested but nothing has been done to them. I believe taking them to court is a longer process,’’ he said.
”Today, going to Saudi Arabia, Bangkok, Singapore or India with drugs or to commit other forms of crime attracts death penalty and such had to an extent stemmed the trend.
“Nigerians are very stubborn people. They won’t change except there is a deterrent. These people collect cash from victims and take it to banks but the banks have not been reporting receipt of strange money accounts,”
The senator spoke on the abduction on the recent kidnapping of the former health Minister’s son in Oyo state citing that those in Their act can’t operate except they have been informed.
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“I am sure some people would have supplied information to the culprits on the movement of the former minister’s son and the location of his farm.
”Nobody will tell me that Fulani Herdsmen came from the Niger Republic to abduct him without information,’’ he said.