Kano State is set to introduce the death penalty for kidnapping in its penal code as child abductions and trafficking worsen.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Thursday directed the state Ministry of Justice to immediately amend the Penal Code to add capital punishment for kidnappers.
The Eze Ndigbo in Kano, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe, backed the proposal.
He said child kidnapping was a taboo that must be decisively dealt with.
Ganduje spoke while inaugurating a 16-man Commission of Inquiry on nine children kidnapped in Kano and sold in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The panel is headed by retired Justice Umar Wada Rano. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman Rev. Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo, who wept at the inauguration, is a member.