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UPDATE: Gov. Matawalle Backs Death Penalty For Bandits, Signs Bill

Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has endorsed the death sentence for individuals found guilty of cultism, livestock rustling, banditry, and abduction in the State.

The Governor made this announcement after enacting a bill that forbade and punished terrorism, livestock rustling, cultism, abduction, and other incidental offenses. The bill was enacted by the Zamfara State House of Assembly.

Anyone found guilty of encouraging the aforementioned crimes is subject to life in jail, 20 years in prison, or 10 years in prison without the possibility of a fine, according to Matawalle.

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He claimed that his government was far more prepared to take on the State’s criminal elements within the bounds of the law in order to safeguard the State and bring about peace, particularly in communities thought to be bandits’ hub.

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“The new law provides that any person found guilty of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, Cultism or being an informant to the bandits is liable to death penalty.

“Under the law, anyone found guilty of aiding and or abetting the crimes mentioned is liable to life imprisonment, twenty years imprisonment or ten years imprisonment without option of fine.

“The most fundamental focus of governance anywhere in the world is security,” he stated.

Governor Matawalle remarked that the Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, and Amotekun in the South-West area were analogous to the community protection guards that were being established.

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He praised the State House of Assembly for fulfilling its constitutional duty to enact laws to protect the State while also praising the Federal Government for its ongoing assistance to Zamfara State.

Nasiru Magarya, the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, had earlier stated that the bill will be used as a tool in the state’s judicial system to prosecute anyone who engage in banditry.

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In addition, the Chairman of the House Committee on Banditry and Related Offenses, Hon. Abdullahi Shinkafi, issued a warning to individuals encouraging banditry and abduction.

 

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