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EDO TO DEMOLISH PREMISES USED BY KIDNAPPERS

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Agene AKHERE

 

The Edo State government has said it has concluded plans this week to demolish a one-storey building located on Osasogie Street, near former Agip Petrol station in Benin City, which kidnappers used for their operations.

The governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole gave this indication on Wednesday at the DSS offices where four middle-aged men were paraded for their role in recent kidnap incidents in the state.

Those paraded including Sunday Ekparamwen, Joshua Igbinovia, Ikpedem Ibrahim and Christian David explained how they got involved in the kidnap last year of three school children, a mother, a student and a medical doctor, all of whom have since gained freedom.

The governor, who said that he is obliged to do what the law says as he has sworn to uphold the law adding: “As for the house that was used for these operations according to their narratives, I am obliged to do what the law says…the house will be demolished this week in obedience to the law we have sworn to uphold”.

The law enacted in 2013 which states that any premises used by kidnappers in the course of their criminal activities would be demolished by the state also prescribed the death penalty for convicted kidnappers.

Commending security agencies in the state on their efforts in tracking down the criminals and apprehending them Oshiomhole said Nigerians can help secure society to be safe from criminals if they report incidents promptly to the agencies.

He said: “These people live in houses. As neighbours we should be vigilant; know the people who live in our premises and observe what goes on around us…this way we can be security assistants to security agencies to protect lives and properties”.

The governor pledged the continued support of the state government for security agencies urging them to redouble their efforts in the fight against crime in the state.

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