Oluwo calls for death penalty for kidnappers in Osun

Oluwo of Iwo Land Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has called for death penalty for kidnappers in Osun State to help put an end to kidnapping.

During a courtesy visit by the traditional rulers of Iwo land to Governor Gboyega Oyetola in Osogbo on Thursday, the Oluwo said kidnapping had become an issue of concern in Osun.

The monarchs visited the governor to felicitate with him on his victory at the Supreme Court as the winner of the September 2018 governorship election.

“We traditional rulers want to beg the governor on behalf of other royal fathers to strictly enforce a harsh penalty for kidnappers when apprehended.

“If possible it should be death penalty instead of life imprisonment as the case may be,” Oba Akanbi said.

“I am convinced that when a death penalty is enforced, that will make the perpetrators to have a rethink and by that, the evil act might be reduced or stopped.”

The Oluwo said traditional rulers were ready to support Mr Oyetola.

“We want you to create a synergy between chairmen of local governments and traditional rulers in the area of Internally Generated Revenue through taxation, mining, among others,” he said.

Oyetola, in response, thanked the royal fathers for their visit, saying that the judiciary was addressing the issue of kidnapping to know the penalty to be recommended.

He said the government would look into the synergies recommended by the monarch in terms of IGR for the success of his administration.

Oyetola promised the traditional rulers that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his administration would ensure that the state remained safe for people to stay without panic.