Weak or soft punitive measures for crime as prescribed by our laws often times does not deter offenders, a concerned citizen, Alhaji Salisu Usmanu has said.
Usmanu who therefore advocated for an upward review of the nation’s laws to provide for higher options of fines for all criminal offences, added that offenders pay lower fines and come back into the society to continue their heinous crimes. According to a statement signed by Alhaji Salisu Usman in Sokoto on the need to review Nigeria’s penal code for higher fines for criminals, he said this would greatly deter the commission of crimes. “The subsisting laws which provide for lower options of fines were extremely encouraging the commission of crimes.
“The existing laws as enshrined in the country’s constitution were less stringent,” he noted.Giving instances to back his advocacy, Usman said punitive measures is so weak that some armed robbers and house breakers were handed down with only six months jail terms or with an option of fine of a meager N5,000.
He said, “Often, the convicts pay the lower options of fines, go back into the society and continue with their heinous crimes.
“This, therefore makes it a vicious circle as the criminals always continued with their criminal activities knowing fully well that they can always opt for the lower options of fines.”
The concerned citizen further called for the review of such less stringent laws, noting that, the time the laws were promulgated some decades ago, the Nigerian currency had more value.
“Then , the Nigerian naira had almost an equivalent value with the United States dollar, contrary to what obtains now.
“By reviewing the laws, criminals would be deterred from committing crimes and that would bolster the dispensation of justice in Nigeria ,” he said.
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