The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, in Abakaliki on Monday said
death penalty as punishment for kidnapping was the way to discourage
people from the crime.
According to the Governor, who spoke during an anti-corruption summit
held by the state government, with the theme ‘Institutionalization of
Good Governance for Sustainable Development’ also said corruption
accounts for the high rate of kidnapping across the country.
The summit was held in conjunction with the Independent Corrupt
Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Anti-Corruption
Academy of Nigeria, ACAN, and the Foundation for Transparency and
The governor said;
“What these people do
is worse than death, imagine kidnapping someone, blindfolding and
chaining the person in one place for six months or more than that, it is
worse than death and people who indulge in such deserve to be publicly
executed to serve as deterrent to others.”