The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has called for stringent punishment for kidnappers to check the menace of kidnappings in the country.
Idris made the call at a meeting with Commissioners of Police in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said some states in the country have enacted laws to punish convicts with death penalties but have not executed them.
The I-G cited the example of neighbouring Niger Republic where the prosecution and conviction of kidnap and terrorism suspects were being given expeditious attention.
He said that if the suspects were allowed to go scot-free, they would be encouraged to carry on with the crime.
Idris urged Command commissioners of police to ensure that officers under their command carried out their duties in a professional manner.