Bauch State government has joined their Lagos counterpart on the approval of death sentence for kidnapping.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ibrahim Umar, said on Tuesday that Gov. Mohammed Abdullahi has signed the bill into law.

“Whoever is guilty of the offence of kidnapping shall be punished with life imprisonment.

“If the victim dies as a result of the kidnapping, the offender shall be punished with death.

According to Umar, whoever seizes, confines, tricks, abducts or carries away anybody and holds to ransom or otherwise with or without a weapon, commits the offence of kidnapping.

Umar said that the state government also signed into law a bill for provision of free emergency treatment to accident victims within 24 hours of occurrence.

He said that the government would provide for each public hospitals, an accident and emergency unit, intensive care unit and a blood bank equipped with personnel and effective communication gadgets.

“The law stated that the state government shall provide funds and logistics for joint patrol of the hospital management board and Federal Road Safety Corps for rescuing accident victims in the three senatorial districts of the state.

“Any government hospital that fails to accept an accident victim shall have its officers on duty that day punished according to civil service rules, including reduction in rank, “he said.

On February 1, Lagos governor, Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016.

The law provides for death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.