By Fegor Oghene, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that the state government would demolish houses and properties of convicted kidnappers and their collaborators.
According to the governor, the move is aimed at checking incidents of kidnapping and other criminal activities.
Speaking when he received the new Police Commissioner of police for the state, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim and his team on Wednesday in Asaba, the governor said that the amended kidnapping law would go beyond jail sentence for kidnappers.
But he added that the properties and houses of culpable individuals and their collaborators would be demolished as they will be considered as proceeds of crime.
â€œWe 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 to make sure that those involved and their collaborators will not go scot free with the proceeds of the crime.
â€œThe 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 lawâ€, 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 governmentâ€™s commitment to a crime free Delta State, adding that the state’s vigilante law would be ammended to make it operational and clear all contentious issues.
Earlier, Ibrahim 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.
â€œI 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 freeâ€, he said.