Sen. Abdulfatai Buhari (APC-Oyo North) on Sunday recommended capital punishment for kidnapping and other forms of violent crimes in order to tackle the growing insecurity in the country.
Buhari told newsmen in Ibadan that the spate of kidnapping and killings across the country would continue unabated if such a drastic measure was not taken.
NAN reports that Buhari was the former Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, in the 8th National Assembly.
The lawmaker lamented the upsurge in kidnappings and killings across the country, lamenting that violent crimes were becoming a lucrative business for those involved.
“Let me be honest with you, the situation is nationwide and very worrisome. I believe and I am afraid because Nigerians themselves are yet to take a drastic measures.
“I believe by the time anyone caught in the act faces death penalty other people will learn and stop.
He recalled how then increasing rate of drug peddling was stemmed in the 80s through drastic measure, adding that lots of people abandoned the trade as soon as government made those caught in the act to face the firing squad.
The lawmaker said that the absence of such punitive measure gives those involved in the recent inhuman activities liberty to continue recruiting young people.
”Today, going to Saudi Arabia, Bangkok, Singapore or India with drugs or to commit other forms of crime attracts death penalty and such had to an extent stemmed the trend.
“Nigerians are very stubborn people; they won’t change except there is a deterrent. These people collect cash from victims and take it to banks but the banks have not been reporting receipt of strange money accounts,” he said.
He called on Nigerians to collaborate with security agencies by providing them vital information on strange persons and movements around them.