Katsina state governor Aminu Masari has signed into law an amended Penal code law prescribing death sentence for cattle rustling and kidnapping.
Similarly, rapist now gets life sentence in addition to fine and compensation to the victim.
Speaking at the ceremonial signing of the law, Masari said the need for the law was informed by the current security challenges being faced across the state.
He said the law was amended particularly in areas to do with kidnapping, cattle rustling, rape and other related offences saying that ” the decision to make these offences serious with the above punishment cannot be over emphasised”
” it is hoped and prayed that they will serve as deterrence to those that may be convicted. And those that have the intention of committing them ” he said