Ebonyi gov warns kid­nap­pers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Fol­low­ing in­creas­ing cases of kid­nap­ping in Ebonyi State, Gover­nor Dave Umahi yesterday warned that his gov­ern­ment would not spare any­one caught in the act, in­clud­ing land­lords who of­fer their houses to hood­lums to har­bour kid­nap vic­tims.

Gover­nor Umahi, who gave the warn­ing at a cer­e­mony to mark the In­de­pen­dence Day, lamented that so many cases have been re­ported in the past one month.

“Let me use this op­por­tu­nity to sound a note of warn­ing to kid­nap­pers. I will not hes­i­tate to ap­prove death penalty for kid­nap­pers’’, he said.

He said the gov­ern­ment will also de­mol­ish any prop­erty used in har­bour­ing vic­tims of kid­nap­pers.

“The law re­cent passed into law in the state is still very much alive. Land­lords should not al­low their build­ings to be used as dens for har­bour­ing kid­nap vic­tims. Same goes to own­ers of un­com­pleted build­ings; keep them clean, and make sure that you watch over your prop­erty’’, he said.

The gover­nor also called for re-in­tro­duc­tion of de­vel­op­ment­plan­ning strat­egy into the busi­ness of gov­er­nance so as to en­hance in­te­grated con­cept of de­vel­op­ment through the in­ter­play of poli­cies.

Such in­ter­play of poli­cies, Gover­nor Umahi said must en­com­pass sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment that would en­sure that bud­get­ing is fu­tur­is­tic and rolls over to the years and decades ahead, re­gard­less of in­di­vid­ual, tribal dif­fer­ences or po­lit­i­cal party.

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