Poised to mitigate the incidence of kidnapping in oil rich Delta State, southern Nigeria, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed the demolition of properties owned by convicted kidnappers and their collaborators.
Dr. Okowa gave the directive when Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, the new Commissioner for Police and his team paid him a visit in Asaba, the capital city.
Governor Okowa said that the amended kidnapping law includes a jail sentence for kidnappers and the properties of culpable individuals and their collaborators would be destroyed as proceeds of crime.
“We will do all we can to stop kidnappings in the state. It is becoming a menace in the country and we are amending the Anti-kidnapping law to make sure that those convicted and their collaborators will not go scot free with the proceeds of the crime”, stated Okowa.
According to the governor, “the houses and properties 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”.
Governor Okowa commended the new Commissioner for Police on his plans to partner with communities and vigilante groups in crime prevention and intelligence gathering, assuring of the State Government’s commitment to a crime free Delta State.
“We welcome your advocacy as it will enable the communities build confidence in the police and information will be given without fear. It is difficult to police a state without partnership with the community. 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”, he stated.
He stressed the need to sift criminals from innocent citizens as well as strategize to mop up light arms and peaceful for investors, visitors and all citizens.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Police, Mr. Ibrahim said that the force would partner with traditional rulers, community leaders and other stakeholders to ensure a crime free state.
“I will synergize with stakeholders and hold advocacy meetings with communities while sharing information with other 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 added.