Capital Punishment Awaits Kidnappers

BY LUCKY OYIBOCAPITAL punishment awaits kidnappers and terrorists attacking residents of Delta State as soon as a bill for a law to prohibit kidnapping and terrorism is passed into law by the state House of Assembly.

The motion on the bill which was earlier presented for first reading, passed through second reading at the chambers of the state House of Assembly, yesterday.

The bill titled: “Delta State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Terrorism Bill, 2012, was sponsored by 28 members of the state House of Assembly, with the  exception of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei who presided over at plenary.

Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Basil Ganagana who sponsored the bill alongside his colleagues, moved a motion for its debate and was seconded by the Minority Leader; Hon. Julius Okpoko.

According to Ganagana, the presentation of the bill was timely, considering the rising waves of the menace in the state, adding that the enactment of the law in the state will address the issue of kidnapping and hostage-taking and its penalty should be capital punishment.

He remarked that the prevalence of the crime started when the then militants in the Niger-Delta started hostage-taking to press home their demands, but decried the situation where the average Deltan does not feel secured anymore to the extent that the young and old, including legislators are kidnapped for monetary rewards.

He said it has gone to the extent where security agents who are supposed to protect lives and property of the people can no longer be trusted considering the recent involvement of the Head of Anti-Kidnapping and Terrorism Squad that was fingered in the menace and the involvement of bank officials who give vital information of their customers to kidnappers.

The Deputy Speaker who spoke alongside his colleagues: Majority Leader, Monday Igbuya, Deputy Majority Leader, Johnson Erijo; Majority Whip, John Nani; Daniel Mayuku and Hon. Joseph Oshevire described the passage of the bill as unanimous as it was the first time when the entire members of the House coming together and speaking in one voice that kidnapping in the state must stop.

He added that the passage of the bill into law will prevent the act of terrorism in the state, occasioned in the northern parts of the country where churches, mosques, police stations, markets, human beings and institutions are burnt.

The bill which received the blessings of the entire members was passed for second reading following a voice vote put forward by the Speaker, Hon. Victor Ochei, when he committed the report to the Joint House Committee on Peace, Security and Privileges.

The report is expected to be submitted to te House in two weeks.