- The Lagos state House of Assembly recently passed into law a bill with strong punishments for convicted kidnappers
- Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, better known as Evans the billionaire kidnapper, was arrested recently in Lagos
Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has hinted that alleged notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, better known as Evans, may be prosecuted in the state.
The argument is that most of his alleged criminal activities were carried out in Lagos state where he was also arrested in his Magodo estate mansion.
NAIJ.com reports that Obasa gave the hint on Thursday, July, 13, at the 2nd edition of the state House of Assembly/Media and Civil Society organisations parley where issues relating to security dominated discussions.
Evans was allegedly moved from Lagos to Abuja after very heart-rending confessions about how he made billions of naira during the alleged criminal activities.
Lagos state currently has very strict laws against kidnapping with death sentence and life imprisonment gaining prominence.
Obasa, who took time to answer questions from participants, also said the Assembly decided to pass the Neighbourhood Safety Corps law after the Inspector-General of Police complained about shortage of officers to effectively take care of the country.
The speaker, who was reacting to fears raised by participants about kidnapping and ritual killings in some parts of the state, also said in the last one year, eight bills and 72 resolutions had been passed by the House.
“Among these laws are: Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law; Kidnapping prohibition law; Lagos Property Protection law; Environmental Protection law amongst others to tackle security and other problems in the state.
“Lagosians have benefited from all these laws and we shall not rest on our oars. We have also held MDAs to account through effective and efficient oversight functions,” Obasa said.
The speaker also said Lagos state House of Assembly will continue to pursue excellence. One of such ways is to always come up with bills to protect the interests of the residents.
He noted that under his watch, the House of Assembly has become the first to live-steam its proceedings among state legislatures in the country.
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Obasa noted that democracy cannot be sustained without the media and civil society. He also pleaded for support noting that not less than six speakers of state Assemblies have been removed in recent past.
“To sustain democracy we must protect the legislature,” he said while urging them "to be objective and magnanimous in their criticisms."
NAIJ.com reported earlier that a Federal High Court in Lagos awarded a cost of N20,000 against Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, counsel to the suspected kidnapper Evans.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka, who gave the ruling, however, warned Evan’s lawyer to desist from “practices unbecoming of a legal practitioner.”
The judge gave the order while adjourning a fundamental human rights suit filed on behalf of Evans by Ogungbeje over alleged illegal detention.
Watch this video as Nigerians react to what nature of punishment Evans should be made to pass through: