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I will gladly sign death warrant of convicted kidnappers ~ Governor Lalong

By Centus Nweze

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The era were governors bulk at signing death warrants of convicts appears to be over after Governor Simon Lalong said that he is anticipating sanctioning the execution of any kidnapper convicted in Plateau State.

Nigeria’s death row is populated by many convicts which many governors have refused to sign their death warrants.

But Lalong, on Wednesday says that this era is over considering the security situation being faced in the state.

The governor made the boast on Wednesday at Victoria Gowon Conference hall at Rayfied Government House during stakeholders meeting on second wave of Covid -19 and security situation of his state.

According to him, addressing the issue of security remains the first priority of his administration.

Lalong said aside Covid-19, the issue of kidnapping has become worisome to his administration in Plateau, warning that by the time he signs death warrant of any kidnapper in Plateau then they will know that he is serious.

He wondered why young men will go and kidnap the elderly for ransom before setting their captive free.

“We have continued to pay attention to the security of lives and property by adopting various measures to foster peaceful coexistence and also deal with crime and criminality” he stressed.

He added that he was aware of the incidences of kidnapping, cultism and other violent crimes in some parts of Plateau State, stressing that his Government is working hard with the security agencies and stakeholders to ensure that the ugly incidences are tackled.

According to him, last month, he signed the Anti-kidnapping, Land grabbing, Cultism and Violent-related matters bill passed by the State House of Assembly into law.

“By that law, anyone convicted of kidnapping in Plateau State will be sentenced to death while cultism and other violent crimes attract various terms of imprisonment.”

He added that in December last year, he inaugurated 595 Community Police constables who were trained and deployed to the 17 Local Government Areas to assist law enforcement agencies, particularly the police in intelligence gathering and other security operations.

“Now that it has taken off, I expect to hear from you how best we can domesticate and own the initiative at the grassroots because security is a collective responsibility”.

Lalong charged the stakeholders to assist the Government to sensitise and mobilise all citizens to always be security conscious and take measures to protect their vicinity against criminals.

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