Kogi demolishes home of alleged kidnap kingpin

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The Kogi State Government on Thursday crushed a compound allegedly owned by suspected leader of an interstate kidnap syndicate, Zakari Yau.

A statement from Governor Yahaya Bello’s office said he ordered the demolition of the premises located in Odu, in the state’s countryside.

Petra Onyegbule, Mr. Bello’s chief press secretary, said the property, which had allegedly served as criminal hideouts for years, had at least 12 gates leading into it.

The destruction comes six months after Mr. Yau, 30, was arrested by the police, alongside other suspected members of his ring, during a raid of the compound.

Apart from Kogi, they were accused of also terrorising residents in several states across the north-central, including Benue, Nasarawa and Niger.

The demolition of Mr. Yau’s alleged property was part of an ongoing exercise aimed at smashing all suspected criminal hideouts in the state. Similar hideouts hard been torn down in other parts of the state, including Okenne, the statement said.

Mr. Bello gave all suspected criminals across the state until April 20, 2017 to hand in their arms and ammunition and embrace an ongoing amnesty exercise.

The statement said the demolition was carried out in accordance with the state’s Anti-Kidnapping, Robbery and Terrorism Act signed by the immediate past governor, Idris Wada.


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  • ukoette ibekwe

    This nonsense. Do our people think at all. If these people committed the crimes they have been accused of, is destroying their property a reasonable policy? I have read of similar destruction of property of criminals across the country and I often wonder if there are hidden motives behind these actions. Why would sensible people destroy property no matter how such property were acquired.
    Wouldn’t it be better to confiscate such property and turn them into community assets?
    I guess all the monies allegedly recovered by Efcc and other government agencies should likewise be destroyed.

    • CeeCee1818

      Lol! Destroy the Osborne apartments.