On Thursday, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje directed the state Ministry of Justice to immediately amend the Penal Code to add capital punishment for kidnappers. Kano State is set to introduce the death penalty for kidnapping in its penal code as child abductions and trafficking worsen. Ganduje spoke while inaugurating a 16-man Commission of Inquiry on nine children kidnapped in Kano and sold in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The panel is headed by retired Justice Umar Wada Rano. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman Rev. Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo, who wept at the inauguration, is a member. The commission is to submit its report in 30 days.
Ganduje offered graduate scholarship and N1 million each to the victims’ parents. He condemned the act, describing it as wicked. The governor said what the kidnappers and human traffickers did was against the tenets of Islam and Christianity.
The committee’s terms of references read: “To conduct an enquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State from the year 2010 to date and to procure all such evidence, written or oral, and to examine all such persons as witnesses as the commissioners may think it necessary or desirable to procure or examine.
“To summon any person in Nigeria to attend any meeting of the commission to give evidence or produce any documents and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration.
“To admit or exclude the public or any member of the public or press from any hearing of the commission, to prepare comprehensive data of missing persons in Kano State within the period and circumstances in which they disappeared.
“To find out both immediate and remote causes of cases of missing persons and to prepare and submit a written report, including findings and recommendations to the Government of Kano State.”
The Commission is also expected to hear from the victims or their relatives, collect written or oral evidence and visits sites (as the case may be) where the victims may have been taken to.
It is to come up with recommendations on how to eradicate “such wicked act”.