Insecurity: Sule okays death penalty on kidnapers, bans begging
From Suleiman Lawal. Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has signed the Anti-kidnapping Law as well as banned street begging in the state capital and other cities.
According to him, insecurity has become a source of concern to him and his administration, saying: “We will not fold our arms to watch some elements foment trouble on our people.”
While appending his signature on the combined laws at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Ta’al Conference Hotel in Lafia, the governor decried the level of the influx of street beggars and criminal activities in the state.
The community policing committee was also inaugurated by Governor Sule named Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Committee, as well as the Penal Code Reform Committee.
“It is the desire of this administration to complement the federal government’s efforts on securing the lives and properties of the citizenry and to ensure a crime-free society in the state.
“I directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of the Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) for the state and local government areas, in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria, 2015.
Earlier, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Prof. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana had pointed out that the Penal Code Law of Nasarawa State was inherited from Northern Nigeria enacted in 1959.
He described the law as impracticable, particularly in the face of contemporary realities and modern crimes, explaining the constitution of relevant stakeholders and renowned scholars in law to draw up a Penal Code Law that meets the needs of the time.