Reps consider bill seeking to compensate kidnap victims with properties seized from abductors


The house of representatives is considering a bill seeking to provide compensation for victims of kidnapping.

The proposed legislation titled: ‘Control of Small Arms, Light Weapons and Restitution of Victims of Abduction, Kidnappings, Banditry Bill, 2022’, passed first reading at the lower legislative chamber yesterday.

The bill is sponsored by Tajudeen Adefisoye, a lawmaker from Ondo state.

According to the 25-page bill seen by Newsmen, the proposed legislation seeks restitution for “victims of acts of abduction, kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria from the amounts of monies or properties of the offender(s) forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria whether or not the monies or properties are proceeds of the crime committed”.

The bill also seeks to give legal backing to the national centre for the control of small arms and light weapons (NACCSALW).

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