By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday- A Bill for an Act to amend the Robbery and Firearms law to review the penalties and fines failed at Tuesday’s plenary session.

The Bill which seeks to amend section 1(1) and some related sections of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act of the Federation, was withdrawn by its sponsor Ossai Ossai going by advice from colleagues on the floor.

Presenting the Bill, Ossai argued that offences that have lasted long in court should attract lesser offences.

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Canvassing for life imprisonment instead of capital punishment, he reminded lawmakers that the essence of taking an offender to prison was for reformation.

However, the Bill received some opposition from contributors on the floor.

House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila said: “If death sentence is to be removed, there has to be a constitutional amendment”.

Other lawmakers said as long as capital punishment has not been globally replaced with life imprisonment, the Bill should not be supported.

Some lawmakers however voted in favour the Bill.

Rima Shawulu (PDP, Taraba State) said that the death sentence in the past years has not been a deterrent to crime for ages.

He said: “If we are considering death sentence for armed robbers who kill, we should as well say that anybody found guilty of being corrupt should be sentenced to death too”.

The Bill sponsor having considered advice from all contributors on the floor, withdrew the Bill to enable more legislative inputs for subsequent presentation.

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