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Nigeria: Bayelsa Govt Tackles Insecurity Head On - Passes Kidnap Prohibition Law

In a bid to end crime in the state, the Bayelsa State Government has passed, "The Bayelsa State Secret Cult, Kidnapping and Similar Offences Prohibition Law 2012."

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement Monday said the law will enable government carry out effective prosecution of offenders possible as it is an attempt by the state to emphasise its drive towards attaining security and achieving its development goals. Adding that there will be no sacred cow in the enforcement of law and order as "the era of playing politics with security matters are gone for good" and offenders should be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

While enjoining all law abiding Bayelsans to be vigilant and report acts of crime and criminality to law enforcement agencies, Iworiso-Markson stated that the government will sustain zero tolerance on violence and criminality in 2013 and beyond.

Further stressing that Bayelsan youths redirect their energies towards meaningful ventures, and take advantage of the free and compulsory education policy of the government rather than being used as tools for criminality, parents in Bayelsa State were called upon to re-orientate their wards on the dangers of kidnapping, cultism and all forms of criminalities.

"The government of Hon. Henry Dickson has not only given top priority to security, it has shown enough political will in protecting lives and property in the state," Iworison-Markson said.

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