The Senate on Wednesday, May 19th 2021, passed a bill that seeks to ban the fee and receipt of ransom for the discharge of any particular person kidnapped, imprisoned or wrongfully confined.
In response to the bill, Nigerians who pay ransom to kidnappers and kidnappers who obtain ransom risk 15 years imprisonment.
The Terrorism Prevention (Modification) Bill, 2021, which scaled second reading throughout plenary is sponsored by Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi.
Main debate on the bill, the lawmaker stated the piece of legislation seeks to amend the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2013 to outlaw the fee of ransom to abductors, kidnappers and terrorists for the discharge of any one that has been wrongfully confined, imprisoned or kidnapped.
Onyewuchi stated the bill primarily seeks to substitute for section 14 of the Principal Act a new part to read:
“Anybody who transfers funds, makes payment or colludes with an abductor, kidnapper or terrorist to obtain any ransom for the discharge of any one that has been wrongfully confined, imprisoned or kidnapped is responsible of a felony and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years.”