Kid­nap­pers face death penalty in Ebonyi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Ebonyi State Gover­nor, Engr. Dave Umahi, yesterday warned that his gov­ern­ment would not spear any­one caught in kid­nap cases, say­ing he would in­voke the death penalty for the of­fence.

He also warned land­lords who ac­com­mo­date hood­lums to keep kid­nap vic­tims that they would not see mercy when caught.

Umahi who gave the warn­ings at the State Town­ship Sta­dium dur­ing a cer­e­mony to mark the 55th an­niver­sary of Nige­rian in­de­pen­dence and the 19th an­niver­sary of Ebonyi State, de­cried the high rate of kid­nap­ping in the state.

“Let me use this op­por­tu­nity to sound a note of warn­ing to kid­nap­pers, this is be­cause of the three re­cent kid­nap­ping cases recorded in Ebonyi in just one month. I will not hes­i­tate to en­dorse with my red pen, the death penalty for any­one brought be­fore me for kid­nap­ping. We are ready to in­voke the law on such per­sons”, he said.

He said gov­ern­ment would de­mol­ish any prop­erty used in har­bour­ing kid­nap vic­tims in any area of the state as stip­u­lated by law.

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