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Zamfara legalizes death penalty for bandits, cultists

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The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has signed into law the death penalty for anybody found guilty of banditry, cattle rustling, cultism, or serving as a bandits’ informant.

According to The PUNCH, this was announced by the governor on Tuesday via a morning broadcast.

Matawalle said, “On the 28th of June this year, I assented to the bill on Prohibition and Punishment for Banditry, Cattle Rustling, Cultism, Kidnapping and Other Incidental Offences, 2022.

“The law provides a legal instrument for prosecuting banditry-related offenders.

“Based on the new law, anyone found guilty of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, cultism, or serving as a bandits’ informant is subject to the death penalty.

“Similarly, anyone found guilty of supporting in any manner the aforementioned offences faces a sentence of life in prison, 20 years in jail, or ten years in prison, without the option of a fine.”

The actions, according to the governor, are a part of his administration’s relentless attempts to address the banditry issue that has afflicted the state and the surrounding northern states for more than ten years.

He insisted that he has been working on strategies to stem the tide of banditry in the state since the beginning of his administration.

“Gladly, the latest measures are beginning to yield the intended results despite the pockets of attacks here and there by the bandits,” Matawalle said

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