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Utuama advocates death penalty for kidnappers

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba — Death penalty is the solution to the menace of kidnapping, Delta Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, has said.

He called on the Federal Government to prescribe death penalty for persons caught in the nefarious act of kidnapping, noting that the issue had become worrisome and that unless such step was taken to stamp it out, it might get out of hand.

Receiving the Chairman of the Police Service Commis-sion (PSC), Mr. Parry Osayande, on behalf of the state governor at Government House, Asaba, yesterday, Utuama said the state governor would assent to the passage of a bill prescribing death sentence for such offence in the state.

According to him, “We are challenging the police by the passage of a law to amend our criminal code in relation to kidnapping.

“Very soon, His Excellency, the governor will assent to the bill and it will be a criminal offence carrying death penalty for anybody to attempt or even kidnap anybody.”

“This is a very big challenge to all those who are enforcers of the law, because we must stamp out kidnapping in any form, in any shape, in order to a have a very peaceful Delta State.”

Earlier, Osayande observed that Nigeria Policemen were still the worst paid in West Africa, adding that the commission was poised to reposition the force to meet the challenges of 21st modern democratic policing.


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