A Bill for an Act to amend the Robbery and Firearms law in terms of penalties and fines failed on the floor of the House.
After series of advice from his colleagues, sponsor of the bill, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai eventually withdrew it.
The bill seeks to amend Section 1(1) and some related sections of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act of the federation.
Presenting the bill, Ossai had argued that offences that witness beyond five years in the country were expected to attract lesser penalties.
He reminded his colleagues that the essence of taking an offender to prison was to reform, adding that instead of death sentence such offender should be given life imprisonment.
Opposing the bill, Hon. Ali Madaki (APC-Kano) said its passage would encourage armed robbery.
Leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who opposed the bill, said if death sentence was to be removed, there had to be a constitutional amendment.
Other lawmakers said as far as capital punishment had not been globally replaced with life imprisonment, the bill should not be supported.
Speaking in favour of the bill, Hon. Rima Shawulu (PDP-Taraba) expressed concern that death sentence in the past years had not stopped crime till date.
According to him, “If we are considering death sentence to armed robbers who kills, we should as well say that anybody found of being corrupt should be sentenced to death too.”

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  • vic

    yes, anybody found corrupt should also face death sentence just like some of you from the house of assembly.