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Delta To Demolish Houses Of Kidnappers – Okowa

operation, Ifeanyi Okowa; Delta; Urban planning law, C-Of-O
Posted: Jun 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State Governor, has disclosed that the state government would demolish houses of convicted kidnappers and their collaborators in the state to check kidnapping and other criminal activities.

Governor Okowa spoke when Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, the new state Commissioner of Police, and his team paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Asaba.

He said that the amended kidnapping law would go beyond jail sentence for kidnappers as the property and houses of culpable individuals and their collaborators would be demolished because they would be considered proceeds of crime.

“We will do all we can to stop kidnappings in the state; it is becoming a menace in the country; we are amending the Anti-kidnapping Law in the state to make sure that those involved and their collaborators will not go scot-free with the proceeds of the crime.

“The houses and property of those involved, their beneficiaries and collaborators will be brought down. We will implement the law to the letter when the amended bill is passed and signed into law,” the Governor said.

He commended Mr. Ibrahim on his plans to partner with communities and vigilante groups in crime prevention and intelligence gathering and assured him of the state government’s commitment to a crime-free Delta State.

Governor Okowa added that the state’s vigilante law would be amended to make it operational and clear all contentious issues.

“We welcome your advocacy as it will enable the communities build confidence in the police, and information will be given to the police without fear. It is difficult to police a state without partnership with the community stakeholders.

“Some of our people have become apprehensive of the activities of the criminals among the herdsmen and it has spread to the cattle rearers who have lived among us. We need to sift the criminals from the genuine ones; this advocacy will help us in this process,” he stated.

While assuring the Police Commissioner of government’s partnership in the mopping up of light arms in the state, Governor Okowa promised to work with his team to make the state crime-free and peaceful for investors, visitors and all Deltans.

Mr. Ibrahim had expressed his appreciation to Governor Okowa for the warm reception he got on his assumption of office, stressing that he would partner with traditional rulers, community leaders and other stakeholders to ensure a crime-free state.

“I will synergise with stakeholders and hold advocacy meetings with communities while sharing information with security agencies within and outside the state to check crimes.

“We will engage vigilante groups for information and intelligence gathering and mop up light arms so as to make Delta State crime-free,” he said.