Governor Simon Lalong has said that he will be signing death warrant of convicted kidnappers in Plateau state.
This was disclosed in a statement released by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut.
Noting that there has been an increased incident of kidnapping in the state, Lalong said rescue of some abducted prominent persons in the state and arrest of some suspects is a good development that is worth sustaining.
The statement read;
“Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commended security personnel in the State for rising up to the occasion and thwarting the attempts by kidnappers to create fear among citizens.
“Governor Lalong in a message said he was glad that the swift response of the security forces to distress calls of kidnap incidents led to the dislocation of their operations leading to rescue of some victims and arrest of suspects.”
Urging security agencies which include the Police, DSS, Operation Safe Haven, Operation Rainbow, NSCDC, other paramilitary agencies, and vigilante groups to sustain the heat on the criminals, he assured them that the “government will do everything possible to continue to provide support for them to flush out kidnappers and other criminals from the state”.
Lalong also said;
“I will not hesitate to sign the death warrant for any convicted kidnapper who is found guilty of the crime as the law against kidnapping signed last year stipulates the death penalty which is ready to be implemented”.
Residents of Plateau State were also asked to support the security agencies with intelligence that will enable them not only to respond, but pre-empt the activities of criminals who are desperate to disrupt the peace of the state.