Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has directed for immediate amendment of the Penal Code on kidnapping, declaring death penalty for the crime.
The governor gave the directive on Thursday while inaugurating the 16-man Commission of Inquiry over the kidnapping of nine Kano children in Onitsha, Anambra State.
According to Mr Ganduje, the issue of kidnapping has taken a new dimension in the state, stressing that only capital punishment could contain it.
The governor described the kidnapping of the nine children as heinous, adding that it was not Islamic or Christian, but criminality which, according to him, had to be dealt with accordingly.
Mr Ganduje lamented that the rescued children had been deprived of their culture, religion and family.
The governor, however, stated that the state government would rehabilitate the victims and reintegrate them into the society.
“These children will be rehabilitated. We must rehabilitate them. We must make them continue performing Islamic religion. They will grow in our religion and culture,” he said.
Mr Ganduje announced that the rescued children would enjoy the free and compulsory basic and secondary education introduced by his administration, adding that the government had also offered university scholarship to the victims.
While announcing the donation of N1million to each of the victims’ parents, the governor disclosed that the state government would continue to take care of remaining two children who are yet to reunite with their parents.