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Senate Proposes 15-Year Jail Term For Anyone Who Pays Ransom To Kidnappers

The Senate is considering a bill that seeks to prohibit the payment and receipt of ransom for the release of any person kidnapped, imprisoned or wrongfully confined.

According to the bill, Nigerians who pay ransom to kidnappers and kidnappers who receive ransom risk 15 years imprisonment.

The Terrorism Prevention Amendment Bill, 2021, sponsored by Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi, passed second reading during plenary

Leading debate on the bill, the lawmaker said the piece of legislation seeks to amend the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2013 to outlaw the payment of ransom to abductors, kidnappers and terrorists for the release of any person who has been wrongfully confined, imprisoned or kidnapped.

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