Kano state government north-western Nigeria has proposed death penalty for Kidnappers who commit the heinous crime in the state.
Governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the indication during the inauguration of the 16-man Commission of Inquiry on Kano nine children kidnapped and sold in Onitsha, Anambra state, headed by retired Justice Umar Wada Rano.
Ganduje said that he has directed the “state Ministry of Justice to promptly amend the Penal Code to death penalty for kidnappers.”
He condemned “the act of Kidnapping and trafficking of persons in the state, especially the nine children” noting that what they did was “wicked and utterly against the tenets of Islam and Christianity.”
Ganduje gave the Commission 30 days to complete and submit its assignment to the state government, urging them to look into the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the kidnap of Kano children since 2014.
The Governor requested the state Council of Ulamas to facilitate the re-orientation of the rescued children who were apparently robbed off their socio-cultural and religious background during their years in captive, as he also offered University scholarship to the children and cash gift of N1 million each to their parents.
Parts of the Terms of Reference given to the Commission include: “To conduct an inquiry 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 commissioners to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration, such oath or declaration.
The chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo who is a member of the Commission of Inquiry wept as he condemned the act of kidnapping children disassociating Christians and CAN from such dastardly act.
According to him, “as I sit here today, I see the gravity of sin committed by the perpetrators of this crime. I have seen the harm done to the parents because I am a parent.
“I was touched, very touched when we learnt about the rescue of these kidnapped children. It booked my heart and my heart is still broken. This is a crime against humanity which is condemned by God.
“In the Bible, it is not permitted to separate a child from the mother until the age of 13. This is evil punishable in the sight of God. Those people who committed this crime are not Christians, and do not represent the tenets of Christianity.
“Kano is a mini Nigeria and we want to thank Governor Ganduje for making Kano a home for all. Nobody kidnaps for Christ. CAN condemn this act and Christians all over the world condemn it “
The Eze Ndigbo in Kano, His Highness, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe described the issue as worrisome and condemnable.
“whatever is bad is bad. This is not only a taboo, it is a criminal matter that must be tackled. The Igbo community in Kano has not experienced this kind of thing.
“Not only that the children were kidnapped but they changed their religion. We want to thank Kano people for their understanding. We condemn it and our leaders in the East condemn it too.