- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state vows that criminal activities in the state will be fought to a standstill by his administration
- He dismisses suggestions that his government is planning to use the Neighbourhood Watch to arm youths
- Wole Soyinka asks Buhari to sack minister of defence
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has promised to sign the death warrant of anyone convicted of kidnapping in the state.
The governor made the promise on Thursday, March 15, when he signed three new security-related bills into law, Channels TV reports.
He vowed that criminal activities in the state will be fought to a standstill by his administration.
“All criminals will face the full weight of the law. We will fight crime and ensure that the state is safe for investors,” he said.
“If your hands are clean, you have nothing to fear about the three laws that I have given assent to. If you are a cultist and you are caught, it is life imprisonment. If you are a cultist and you kill during cult activities, you will face the death penalty.
“If you are convicted of kidnapping and the Supreme Court affirms your conviction, I will sign the death warrant without looking back.”
The governor dismissed suggestions that his government was planning to use the Neighbourhood Watch to arm youths, explaining that the corps is a replica of what is already in existence in Lagos state.
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Legit.ng learnt that the newly signed laws include Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) (Amendment) and the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) (Amendment).
Meanwhile, Professor Wole Soyinka has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for attending a wedding shortly after the kidnap of 110 girls in Dapchi by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Nobel Laureate also lashed out at the minister of defence, Mansur Dan Ali, over his comment on killings by herdsmen in the country.
The Punch reports that Soyinka spoke on Thursday, March 15, at the maiden edition of Ripples Nigeria Dialogue, organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism
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