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Senate passes bill, prescribes life jail for kidnappers

The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill which prescribes life jail for kidnappers.

The bill contains amendments to the criminal code which is currently in operation in the southern part of Nigeria.

The proposed legislation, sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, is titled, “A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C.38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.”

Among others, it seeks to delete the statute of limitation on defilement, increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, and remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and other related matters.

The bill also eliminates the time frame for prosecuting defilement cases by increasing the period from two months to as many years as the victim decide to take up the manner.

It also removes gender restrictions on the offence of rape by explaining that both male and female could be raped.

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