Monday, January 28, 2013

Bayelsa may okay death sentence for kidnappers

Deceased kidnap victim’s husband wants probe
Council chief’s parents abducted
IF Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State finally has his way, death penalty awaits any kidnapper in the state.
A bill to this effect, according to the governor, will be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for passage into law. Meanwhile, Mr. Henry Edokpayi, the husband of the late Mariam, who was kidnapped and allegedly buried in a shallow grave on New Year’s eve, has appealed to the police to expedite action in their investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
In a related development, armed men at about 10.30 p.m. on Sunday invaded the Oloibiri residence of Ogbia Council chairman, Mr. Richard Ibegu, and abducted the aged parents, Mr. Festus and Mrs. Ibiye Ibegu.
In 2012, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly passed into law, an Executive bill prohibiting secret cult, kidnapping and related vices.
The governor disclosed this during the swearing in ceremony of the chairman and members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Agbere communal crisis, held at the Government House, Yenagoa.
He said that he would not hesitate to sign the death warrant of kidnappers or those attempting to commit the crime, as government would no longer condone acts of lawlessness.
“We have made it very clear that wherever there is any breach of the peace and breakdown of law and order, this government will use all its resources and authority to ensure that the right thing is done and people are brought to book,” he warned.
He also threatened that any traditional ruler caught aiding and abetting kidnapping and other related vices would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Edokpayi who spoke to reporters Monday shortly after the burial of his wife in Benin City, stressed the need for speedy investigation of the matter so as to know the true motive of the abductors
The slain 48- year old woman was   abducted in Ughelli in Delta State while on her way to midnight service on the eve of the New Year. It was learnt that the family paid ransom to the suspected kidnappers but were shocked to discover her dead body in a shallow grave after the ransom was handed over to her abductors.
A young man was said to have gone to the Area Commander’s office in Warri, to confess his involvement in the abduction and led the police to a shallow grave where the body of the deceased was found.
The Guardian gathered that the three-man gang who stormed the predominantly fishing and farming settlement in a speedboat, reportedly fired sporadically into the air to ward off potential threats before heading straight to the council chief’s residence.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Fidelis Odunna (DSP), confirmed the incident, adding, “a police crack team has swung into action with a view to apprehending the kidnappers.

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