Thursday 24th April, 2014

Edo state Governor yet to accent to anti-kidnapping law passed by EDHA

EDHA

Stakeholders in Benin City have expressed worry over the delay by the State Governor to accent to the anti-kidnapping law recently passed by the Edo State House of Assembly.

Efosa Uwangue quotes the respondents as calling on the governor to give priority to the law especially as it borders on security of citizens and residents in the state.

Recently the Edo state house of assembly passed the anti-kidnapping bill into law waiting for the accent by the state governor.

The delay however in asserting to the bill has raised dust in some quarters in the sincerity of the state government to actually check the insecurity level in the state.

Against this backdrop some respondents in Benin have appealed to the state government to as a matter of urgency accent to the bill in order for it to become effective.

The respondents said the Edo State house of assembly did well by passing a death sentence in any person involved in such act as kidnapping but expressed dismay over the delay in asserting it by the governor.

They however emphasized that once this law is effective it will serve as a deterrent to others especially with the increase in the state of kidnapping in the state.

Speaking, the special adviser to the governor on media matters Prince Kassim Afegbua said the governor needs to study the law when he receives it from the legislative arm.

The special adviser said other laws were given urgent attention because they were executive bills unlike that of the anti-kidnapping.

He however promised that once the governor is done and satisfied that all the grey areas have been corrected it will be asserted to.

During the said reading of the bill the member representing Etsako West 1 constituency Razag Momoh while anticipating delay assat called on the members to use their legislative power to pass it unto law.

Few days ago three female teachers attached to Orhogbua primary school were kidnapped and are yet to be released.

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