By Fegor Oghene, Asaba
Delta State Government has stated that it has established six special courts for speedy trial of suspected kidnappers that have been arrested in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa made the disclosure on Wednesday when the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Mr Adamu Abubakar paid him a familiarization visit in his office at the state capital in Asaba.
“We are aware that all over the country today, the issue of kidnapping is becoming a challenge; there is no doubt that in this state, we are tackling the challenge.”
“A lot of kidnappers have been arrested and I have been informed that six special courts have been created by the Chief Judge to try kidnappers who have been arrested, such was done to ensure a speedy trial because, we have a robust law to deal with issues that concern kidnapping and those who assists them.”
On the issue of herdsmen menace, Okowa observed that it was a national challenge that requires national solution, noting that the Police was doing a lot in checking criminal activities in the state.
While assuring that his administration would continue to support the Police and other security agencies in the state, Okowa reiterated, “For effective check on criminal activities, it is important for the government to have good relationship with the Police which we are doing.”
He said his administration was on the verge to proffer lasting solution to the Ogbe-Ijaw/Aladja communal crisis that has lasted for years.
The AIG told the governor that he was on familiarization tour of the state, observing that Governor Okowa’s reputation for assisting the Police to carry out their functions was legendary.
He however appealed for structures to be erected for the Police at the buffer zone in the Aladja/Ogbe-Ijaw communities to ensure that the area is secured.