Bello Matawalle backs death penalty for bandits, signs bill

bello matawalle backs death penalty for bandits, signs bill
bello matawalle backs death penalty for bandits, signs bill

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has signed into law a bill that prohibits and punishes terrorism, livestock rustling, cultism, kidnapping, and other misdemeanours.

Matawalle stated that according to the law, those convicted of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and cultism in the state are subject to the death penalty, and anyone convicted of aiding or abetting these crimes is subject to life in prison, twenty years in prison, or ten years in prison without the option of a fine.

He claimed that his administration was significantly more prepared to combat criminal forces in the state within the confines of the law in order to safeguard the state and restore calm, particularly in communities considered bandit strongholds.

He said: “The new law stipulates that anyone convicted of banditry, kidnapping, livestock rustling, cultism, or cooperating with criminals is subject to the death penalty.

“According to the legislation, anyone convicted of assisting or abetting the offences listed is subject to life in prison, twenty years in jail, or ten years in prison without the option of a fine.

Security is the primary objective of governance everywhere in the world.

Governor Matawalle remarked that the formation of community protection guards was comparable to the JTF in Borno State and Amotekun in the South-West area.

In addition to praising the State House of Assembly for upholding its constitutional duty to pass legislation to secure the state, he praised the Federal Government for its ongoing assistance to Zamfara State.

Previously, the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, the Honorable Nasiru Magarya, stated that the law will be used to prosecute banditry-related individuals in the State.

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