Rivers Signs Law To Confiscate Kidnapping Proceeds



RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has signed into law a new anti-kidnapping law that will help the state to confiscate the property and proceeds of anyone caught in the act of kidnapping. The new anti-kidnapping law was recently passed by the State Assembly to help check the rising wave of the criminal act threatening business and other social activities in the state.

Wike expressed optimism that the new law will help check the menace of kidnapping when he gave assent to the bills on Rivers State Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori (Amendment) Law, 2015; Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) Amendment Law, 2015 and Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law No.4 of 2015 passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly. According to him: “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”.

Wike had earlier this week told the Inspector General of Police, Solomom Arase, that security has been topmost priority of his administration because it is prerequisite for attracting investments into the state. “As part of our efforts to stop this kidnapping, we have amended the law which is that once we find out that one is a kidnapper, we will make sure that all the proceeds, the money in the bank, government will take it. In fact, we have been looking for accommodation for our security men.

So, property that we seize, we will convert it so that our security men will take it as part of their accommodation,” said Wike. On the Rivers State Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori (Amendment) Law, Wike said the re-naming 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, ‘Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law No.4 of 2015’, is aimed at returning dignity and respect to the traditional institutions. The governor said that there was no reason why the traditional institution should be politicised.

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