Governor Wike proposes death sentence for cultists, kidnappers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Government will amend the State Anti-kidnapping Law to prescribe death sentence for criminals involved in cultism, robbery and kidnapping. In a statewide broadcast on Monday on the killing of Johnson Igwedibia, alias Don Wanny, Governor Wike stated that the Rivers State Government had zero tolerance for crime and criminality, hence it would continue to take measures to protect lives and property. He said: “We reiterate our zero tolerance for all forms of criminality and reassure all residents of our determination to be tough with those who choose to violate our criminal laws and undermine peace and security in the State.

“To underscore the seriousness we attach to the fight against violent crime, we shall be amending the Anti kidnapping law toprescribe the maximum sentence for engaging in cultism, robbery and kidnapping”. Governor Wike stated that the amnesty programme of the state government which generated peace and was largely successful, was compromised by the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who he said prevailed on the Federal Government and the security agencies to sabotage it.

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