Controversial reactions have welcomed the resolution of the Senate house to imprison anyone who gives ransom to kidnappers.
The Red Chamber, Wednesday, considered the bill to avert the payment and receipt of ransom for the release of any person kidnapped or wrongfully confined.
The bill which scaled the second reading yesterday was sponsored by Senator Ezenwa Onyewuchi. Many Nigerians on social media have begun to express their dissatisfaction about the proposal. See some below.
@Alakaenoch said: “They should also propose 15 years imprisonment for all service Chiefs if anyone is kidnapped because no one will ignore their loved ones in kidnappers den.”
“Our Senators have gone mad again. How can you propose 15 years imprisonment for anyone who pays ransom to kidnappers? You can’t protect people from kidnappers, you can’t rescue those already kidnapped, yet you want to imprison those who pay ransom to save their loved ones,” Ojonimi S. Apeh said.
Also, Obyno believes the move was a wrong one. “Trash 🗑️You all make senseless policy for this country,” he said.
@libertydgreat said: “Mr. Ezenwa Onyewuchi, a Nigerian Senator sponsors a bill that will make a law that provides 15 years jail for anyone who pays ransom to kidnappers. The right thing is, the bill should provide life imprisonment for leaders who under their watch, kidnapping became a thriving biz”
“How many years did they propose for the CIC, IGP, COAS, Defense Chief if they fail to rescue any kidnap victim alive, alive with injuries, death during rescue or injury or death with the kidnappers? This is what total justice is all about. Jail terms should be specified for each,” @x13Baraka said.
Dr. Tijani Lukman Adebisi tweeted: “🤣🤣🤣 ok. What compensation goes to either the genuine victims after or to the family of the genuine victims in case of death as a result? Do you think the relatives will fold their hands & lose their family members when the government could not assure their safety?”
Prince Onuchima also said: “Abegi! Of all things to propose. When they hold your sons, you will let your son be killed because of 15years in Jail. Of all things to occupy one’s brain. What is the deterrent in such punishment? It will sound better to say anybody caught in a kidnap would be jailed for 25yrs. A lifetime.”
“No direction..no deep thinking, surface thinkers…all they really think about is how they will loot the Treasury. They just pass the bill so it won’t seem like they are not working. The National Assembly is a scam,” Bakare Akeem Adedayo said.