Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle has signed the anti-banditry and other related offenses bill into law, approving the death penalty for bandits.
This came immediately after the Zamfara House of Assembly on Monday passed The law, ‘Prohibition and Punishment for Banditry, Cattle Rustling, Cultism Kidnapping, and Other Incidental Offences, 2022.’
Speaking after signing the bill on Tuesday, Governor Matawalle said the law was part of his administration’s efforts to address worsening insecurity.
Speaking Further, he said the law formed part of measures to tackle bandits, kidnappers, and cattle rustlers in the state.
The law which came into force with immediate effect has a death penalty for convicted bandits and other related criminals in Zamfara.
The governor also stated that he had earlier signed Executive Orders 7, 8,9, and 10, which provided the legal instruments and operational guidelines for the committees.
The new law, according to him, will serve as a legal instrument for prosecuting banditry-related offenders. The law provides that any person found guilty of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, cultism, or being an informant to bandits is liable to the death penalty.
The new law also provides that anyone found guilty of aiding and abetting the crimes would be liable to life imprisonment, 20 years imprisonment, or 10 years imprisonment, without an option of fine
He also commended the legislature for keeping up with its constitutional responsibility of making laws to secure Zamfara.