Keyamo insists ballot box snatchers deserve to be shot dead

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The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus
Keyamo  says snatching of ballot box can
be charged as treason or treasonable felony, which he argued is punishable by
death.

Keyamo, who was defending President Muhammadu Buhari’s
position on making ballot box snatchers pay with their lives, said those
quoting the electoral act are ignorant.

“I have listened to so many uninformed comments since
yesterday, and comments that are laced with heavy politics, but let me tell you
straight away that there is no spin to put to the statement of the president,
there is no need to repackage it,”he said.

“What the president said is 100 percent correct, 100 percent
defensible, and I will urge him to repeat it over and over again.

“The President said whoever leads a band of thugs to go and
snatch ballot boxes will pay dearly for it with his life. That is a correct statement
of the law, because if you look at the definition of thugs; a thug is a
murderer, a thug is a robber, a thug is a vicious person,”he said.

Stating further, he said “the law is that when you are found
at the scene of a crime, committing violence that will put the life of people
in danger, you can be shot dead on the spot.”

Keyamo added that every lawyer knows that ballot box
snatchers can be shot, and the security agencies will be justified by the firearm
act.

“Every lawyer knows that one of the defenses to criminal
liability is what they call justification and excuse, and that is justification
and excuse [in] this particular case.

“People have cited the electoral act, and I said those
people are ignorant. The electoral act says that those who snatch ballot boxes should
be given some fine and three years, and all kinds of things.

“But I will tell you that under the law, if a person commits
the offence, the prosecutor has an option to charge him under different laws.
Those who snatch ballot boxes are robbers by definition of the law.

“If you take anything by force, you are a robber under the
robbery and firearms act. If you come to a polling station, take note, you don’t
even have to be armed, in most cases they are armed.

“The robbery and firearms act says that if you just threaten
violence or use violence, you don’t have to be armed. For instance, if you use
a heavy blow to threaten somebody or to actually hit somebody to snatch the person’s
bag, that is armed robbery, even though you are not carrying a weapon, that is
armed robbery under the firearms act.

“What is the punishment? The punishment is death sentence,
under that act. Also, if you try to intimidate and overhaul the state, to take power
by force, that can be treason or treasonable felony, and I can charge the person
under treason or treasonable felony” the lawyer said.

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