signed into law, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 which prescribes
Life Imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful
extortion in Lagos State, meaning that the recently arrested kidnap
kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans may get a life imprisonment or
death penalty sentence. The law provides for death penalty for kidnappers whose
victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.
Assembly passed the bill on January 5. The governor said that the law was
enacted to address key issues bordering on security. EVANS He said that
kidnapping had become a major threat to the safety of residents and, therefore,
required decisive action by the government. “This law imposes a penalty of life
imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom.
kidnapping, the suspect is liable on conviction to death. “Security is of
utmost importance to our administration, and we are confident that this law
will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked
act within the boundaries of Lagos State.
required to execute this law in absolute and make sure that any criminal caught
faces the full wrath of the law,” he said. Recall that Evans himself had
advised kidnappers or intending ones to desist from the act, saying it does not
pay any longer. He had said that if he can be caught, then nobody can escape
the police being that the force has improved greatly in her anti-crime fight.
Evans, a billionaire kidnap kingpin had successfully coordinated
and masterminded several high profile kidnappings and armed robberies within
Lagos, Anambra and Enugu States. According to him, “My advise to them is that
as they are watching me standing here with policemen, they should stop everything
about that, it doesn’t pay.
” He gave the advise to other kidnappers while leading
police operatives to two houses in Ejigbo and Igando areas of Lagos state where
he keeps his victims until huge ransoms are paid. According to him, he keeps
most of his victims in the two houses for months. He said he even pays up to
seven hundred thousand Naira, (700,000) yearly for a three bedroom flat çells’
where the victims are kept.