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RIVERS ODDITY: Gov Wike Has Signed Anti-Kidnapping Bill to Law

By Ijeoma Tubosia

LEGISREPORTS NG – The Rivers State Governor, Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has declared that the new anti-kidnapping law passed by the State House of Assembly will help in checking the rising wave of the ugly crime in the state.

Wike stated this in Port Harcourt when he gave his assent to the bills on the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori (Amendment) Law, 2015; the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) Amendment Law, 2015 and the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law No.4 of 2015 passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

He said with the law becoming  operational, criminals convicted for kidnapping and accessories to kidnap will forfeit their assets, funds and proceeds from kidnap.

The governor said, “I am  happy to assent to this anti-kidnapping bill as it will help the security  agencies  in their fight against kidnappers and their sponsors.”

On the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori ( Amendment) Law, 2015, Wike  said the renaming of the school became necessary because of the contributions of the late Saro-Wiwa to the development of the  state.

He said that the third bill he assented to titled, ‘Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law No.4 of 2015′ is aimed at returning dignity and respect to the traditional institutions.

The governor, who said that there was no reason why  the state traditional institution should  be  politicized, commended the State Assembly for always putting  the  interest of the state first in their consideration of bills.

Presenting  the  three laws to the governor for assent, majority leader  of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martins Amaewhule  said that the three laws are vital to  the good governance of the state.

Speaker Ikunyi Ibani assured the people of the state that the Assembly  will continue to partner with  the  Executive for the development of the  state.

Post from Legis Reports Ng

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