Bayelsa approves death penalty for kidnappers as Gov. Dickson signs bill into law

Governor Seriake Dickson

Death penalty now awaits kidnappers in Bayelsa as Gov. Seriake Dickson signed the state’s Kidnapping and Allied Offences Bill 2013 into law in Yenagoa on Wednesday.

Mr. Dickson warned that he would not hesitate to sign the death warrant of any person or group of persons who violates the law.

He said, “If you are involved in any act of kidnapping, let me warn you today, don’t come near Bayelsa, we have put measures in place.

“If you try that, whether it is in sea-piracy or kidnapping, we are going to get you.

“We will make it difficult for you to succeed and whoever you are and wherever you are operating from, we are going to get you.

“With this bill signed into law, we have entered a new phase in terms of the provision of the legal infrastructure that will support our fight against kidnapping and related offences,’’ he said.

He said he was aware of several arrests made by security agents, adding that most of the young men and women involved in the recent kidnappings in the state were currently in custody.

Mr. Dickson assured that any of the suspects found guilty would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Bayelsa governor said that it was morally indefensible for young people, for whatever reason, to go under the cover of darkness, armed with illegal weapons and terrorise homes and villages, abducting old people.

By the new law, the governor said his administration had sent strong condemnation of kidnapping and related crimes in the state.

Mr. Dickson expressed the determination of the state government to work with security agencies to flush out criminals from within the state and wherever they were operating from.




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  • kabiru

    wish u were d president of nigeria

  • ayo

    Let him make the same law for government officials found guilty of stealing public funds, then I will take him serious. He should deal with corruption in the same manner; that is his own constituency where they wreck havoc on the poor. They want to continue stealing and prevent those frustrated kidnappers from collecting their own share of what they loot. This arrogant Seriake is one funny dude jare. I know his antecedents when u talk of corruption. He made the law to protect their loots and for the masses of the state.

  • ayo

    …….To protect their loots and not in the interest of the masses of the state.

  • maxwell ati

    Its so easy o sign such laws since it affects them directly. But so difficult to sign the Child Rights acts into Law. There should be a balance. What about the corrupt politicians who take so much interest in looting?