The need for legal advice and the penalties for the offence of kidnapping
In Nigeria, section 364 of the Criminal Code Act provides thus:
“Any person who –
a. Unlawfully imprisons any person, and takes him out of Nigeria without his consent; or
b. Unlawfully imprisons any person within Nigeria in such a manner as to prevent him from applying to a court for his release or from discovering to any other person the place where he is imprisoned, or in such a manner as to prevent any person entitled to have access to him from discovering the place where he is imprisoned is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for ten years.
Section 271 of the penal code act applicable in Northern Nigeria and the Federal capital provides thus:
“Whoever takes or entices a person , under fourteen years of age if a male or under sixteen years of age if female, or any person of unsound mind out of the keeping of the lawful guardian of such person without the consent of such guardian or conveys that person beyond the limits of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, without the consent of someone legally authorized to consent to such removal is said to kidnap such person.
Section 273 of the Penal Code Act provides thus:
“Whoever kidnaps or abducts a person shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine.”