Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu has assented to five laws.
A statement signed by Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the State, Hajiya Rahmatu Adamu Gulma and made available to newsmen in birnin Kebbi.
The Commissioner for Justice explained that with the assenting into Law of the Model Penal Code 2021, punishment of Kidnapping in Kebbi State under section 247 of the law is death.
Furthermore, punishment for Rape under section 259 sub-section 1 is life imprisonment.
The statement added that Governor Bagudu in December 2020, assented to administration and collection of revenue due to the state and local government Councils in Kebbi State.
The laws are; The Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2021, the Model Penal Code Law,2021, a law to repeal and to re-enact law number 3 of 2002, the establishment of Kebbi State College of Nursing Sciences, Birnin Kebbi,2021.
The rest are; a law to repeal and to re-enact law number 10 of 2004, the establishment of Kebbi State College of Health Technology, Jega, 2021 and a law to repeal and re-enact Law no 5 of 1993, the establishment of Adamu Augie College of Education, Argungu, 2021.
The Attorney General made it clear that with the coming into Law of the administration of Criminal Justice, there would be less custodial sentencing as the Courts would have the flexibility of non-custodial sentencing for minor offences.
She explained that Prisons would therefore be less congested and there would be accelerated and speedy trials of Criminal offences.