29 January 2013

Nigeria: Dickson Seeks Assembly Approval On Death Penalty for Kidnappers

The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has declared the readiness of his administration to approach the State House of Assembly for a legislation that would prescribed death penalty for kidnappers in the state.

According to the Governor,the proposed death penalty will be included in an amendment to the existing anti-cultism Law and would now read anti-Secret Cult, Kidnapping and related vices bill from the executive.

Governor Seriake Dickson,while making his position known in Yenagoa during the swearing in ceremony of Chairman and members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Agbere communal crisis, said he would not hesitate to sign the death warrant of kidnappers or those attempting to commit the crime.

Dickson said:"We have made it very clear that wherever there is any breach of the peace and breakdown of law and order, this government will use all its resources and authority to ensure that the right thing is done and people are brought to book".

He threatened that any traditional ruler caught aiding and abetting kidnapping and other related vices would be dealt with in accordance with the law,"The Bill has become imperative in order to forestall disruption of government's developmental projects."

He thereby urged youths to take advantage of government's policies and programmes geared towards building their capacity,"let me also use this occasion to sound a clear note of warning in this state, we thought we were through with kidnappings in this state...but just one incident of kidnapping is bad enough for us."

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