Bill seeking death penalty on drug trafficking passed for 3rd reading in Senate


The Senate on Thursday passed a bill seeking to impose a death penalty on those convicted of drug trafficking for third reading.

This followed the presentation of a report on behalf of the joint committees on judiciary and drugs and narcotics by Borno North Senator, Tahir Monguno.

In his presentation, Monguno said there is a need to strengthen the war against drugs in Nigeria.

After the report was presented, the Senate went into the “committee of the whole” to consider clauses of the bill where some senators disagreed with the death sentence.

Commenting, Edo North Senator, Adams Oshiomhole, said the Senate should be careful with any law that deals with life.

“Anything that deals with life, we should be careful,” Oshiomhole said.

Responding, the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau said Oshiomhole should have called for a divide.

He said: “I’m sorry my former national chairman… you should have called for a divide, it is your right, but we have passed it.”

Recently, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made substantial seizures of substances ranging from cannabis to opioids from suspected traffickers.

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