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Kidnappers in Nigeria's Lagos state can now be sentenced to death. Under the new law, signed by state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, convicted kidnappers can be killed when their hostages die.
The law also stipulates a penalty of life imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom.
The government says the spate of kidnapping for ransom has reached a level that requires decisive action.
In recent times, kidnapping has become a major threat to the safety of Nigerians.
In October last year, four students, a vice principal and some teachers of the Lagos Model School, Epe, were kidnapped. This came less than six months after three female students were abducted from a junior school in Ikorodu. Two weeks ago, three students at the Nigeria Turkish International School and some staff were also kidnapped in neighbouring Ogun state.
- via BBC