FOLLOWING spate of kidnappings witnessed in Ebonyi state, in recent times, Governor Martins Elechi has finally assented into law, a bill stipulating death penalty for anybody convicted by a competent law court of jurisdiction for hostage taking and kidnapping of human beings.
This involved the signing the bill, titled ‘Ebonyi State Internal Security Enforcement and Related Matters Law, 2009,’ into law at the executive chambers of the state government house, in Abakaliki.
Speaking at the occasion, the governor made special reference to what, he called, ”the state’s collective peace and security which cannot be imported or imposed on people, while the state has all it takes to guarantee collective security.
”The new law provides among other things, death penalty for the offence of kidnapping and hostage-taking,” the governor said, adding, ” The law which we have freely given ourselves is the expression of people’s collective will through us in the executive and in partnership with the elected members of the House of Assembly.”
In justifying the weight of the new law, Elechi said, “We derive no pleasure in killing but we are in a hurry to ensure that those who deny us our basic liabilities are themselves assisted to hasten their own destruction. Extraordinary situations demand extraordinary handling.”
The Governor’s brother-in-law, Mr. Chris Nwankwo was recently kidnapped in the state and ferried to Cross River State, where he was luckily rescued by a hunter, who called other villagers to rescue him from a swamp, where he was dumped by his abductors.
Nwankwo’s incident came on the hills of several other kidnappings in the state with huge ransom paid.
Among the victims was House of Representatives member, Darlington Okereke’s mother as well as the mother of the State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dame Umahi.
Sourced From National Daily Newspaper
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