By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has promised to append his signature for the execution of death sentence passed on any perpetrator of rape and kidnapping considering the devastating effects of the acts on the economy of the state.
The governor stated this yesterday at the flag off awareness creation, sensitisation on the spare of rape and kidnapping in lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, organised by the state ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Sule said considering the dimension activities of kidnappers, rapist has taken in the state, government has no option than to evoke death sentences on the culprits.
“We will implement the law against rape, kidnapping in Nasarawa. I will like to send this warning that Nasarawa state government will not condone criminality of any kind in the state”, the governor declared.
On the current wave of protest in the country, the governor warned that importers into the state would be unacceptable adding that only genuine protest is only what the state will accommodate.
Speaking on the theme “Kidnapping and Rape: Implications and Challenges for Economic Development in Nasarawa State,” Executive Director, Nigeria Centre for Women, Youth and Community Action, Dr Nawani Aboki called for proactive steps towards enforcement of laws against rape and kidnapping as part of measures towards ending the trend.
Earlier, the state commissioner of police, Bola Emmanuel Longe had disclosed that 40 rape cases were recorded while 30 persons have been arrested in the last six months in the state.
CP Longe who said the police command has taken measures to tackle crimes especially rape, kidnapping, banditry noted that the security alone cannot fight in the state adding that the support of the public in the are of information sharing.
He admonished traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to be fully involved in the fight against rape and kidnapping which he said has become a threat to the lives and property of the citizens of the state.