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Gov Abiodun stalling on death penalty law against kidnappers, as criminals thrive in Ogun

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The as soon as adjudged most peaceable state in Nigeria, Ogun, is quick shedding its grip to banditry, kidnapping, farmers-herders clashes, cultism amongst others, DAILY POST experiences.

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For the time being, circumstances of kidnapping have change into a day-to-day exercise in Ogun State, making main headlines on pages of newspapers.

Our correspondent noticed that previously one month, hardly would every week cross by and not using a case of kidnapping within the state.

The abductors are actually in all of the three senatorial districts of the state, with Ogun West being probably the most affected.

Sadly, Abeokuta, which is the capital, shouldn’t be spared regardless of being the state headquarters of all safety companies.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, within the first three months of his inauguration in August 2019, mentioned he was contemplating the loss of life penalty for kidnappers.

Abiodun had vowed on the time that kidnappers wouldn’t be spared in Ogun State, describing kidnapping as an financial crime that should be stopped by all means.

He had claimed that the federal government was contemplating sending a invoice to the State Home of Meeting, to contemplate making kidnapping a capital offence.

Abiodun had mentioned this whereas reacting to the kidnapping of Abdulasis Sanni, the son of the Chief Imam of Ode Omi, a border neighborhood between Lagos and Ogun waterside.

DAILY POST learnt that on the time, the assailants shot at two different sons of the Imam, and stole a speedboat with which they took away their victims on the time.

Nevertheless, since 2019, the federal government of Abiodun is but to make good its promise to enact a regulation in opposition to kidnappers within the state.

As on the time of submitting this report, our correspondent reliably gathered that there isn’t a invoice earlier than the Ogun State Home of Meeting calling for the loss of life penalty in opposition to kidnappers.

Inside the previous 19 months, there have been many circumstances of kidnapping, with just a few of the circumstances ensuing within the lack of lives.

In December 2019, 4 males had been nabbed for allegedly kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old boy, Abdulmalik Musa, regardless of accumulating N300,000 ransom for his launch.

Additionally, through the COVID-19 lockdown, a policewoman and an officer of the NSCDC had been taken away round Ayetoro street. One individual was reportedly killed and two had been injured within the incidents.

An analogous incident occurred in August 2020, when the Ogun State-owned safety outfit, the So-Protected Corps, mentioned a gang of 4 suspected kidnappers had killed a lady whereas abducting a nursing mom and her child in Ijoun, Yewa North.

The So-Protected Corps Spokesperson, Moruf Yusuf, advised DAILY POST that the sufferer’s mom whereas crying for assist and attempting to alert different residents of the neighborhood, was shot lifeless by the abductors on the spot.

The scenario received to its peak in December when about 5 policemen had been kidnapped by hoodlums in Aba Tuntun, a suburb of Ijebu-Igbo.

It was learnt that one of many policemen, Emmanuel Gene, is but to be situated since he was taken away by the hoodlums 4 months in the past.

In the identical vein, DAILY POST experiences that one Mrs Ajoke Ishola, who was captured on February 15 by these mentioned to be suspected Fulani herdsmen alongside Igbo-Ori, Yewa North, was discovered lifeless the next morning, close to Obasanjo’s farm, alongside the Oke-Irori village.

Equally, gunmen had been mentioned to have kidnapped a driver and his passengers alongside Ayetoro-Abeokuta street. Two of the merchants had been later recognized to be fufu sellers going to the Lafenwa market from Ayetoro.

Barely one month in the past, two feminine college students of the Olabisi Onabanjo College, Ayetoro campus had been kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified gunmen. A faculty instructor in Ayetoro, Akinbola Abosede, was additionally seized on the time.

After this incident, the Olori-Ilu of Imope, Chief Kolawole Omotayo, was kidnapped by gunmen alongside Imope-Oke Eri street as he was driving to Ijebu-Ode.

On April 1, it was reported that two Chinese language nationals had been dragged away by gunmen at a farm within the Oba space of Obafemi/Owode Native Authorities Space of the state.

DAILY POST recollects that three commuters, two males and a lady coming from Ilorin, Kwara State, had been snatched a day after, alongside Ogere-Ajura street. However, they had been promptly rescued by the police.

Final week, a health care provider and a nurse additionally fell victims to the dreaded gun-wielding bandits alongside Abeokuta-Imeko street. They had been dragged away into the bush, and the criminals later demanded a ransom of N50 million.

Because the police had been nonetheless battling to rescue the physician and the nurse, there was one other abduction at Obada-Oko Abeokuta on Saturday evening. A 13-year-old boy, Gbolahan Ajibola, was captured by gunmen in army camouflage within the presence of his mom and grandmother.

Whereas many have expressed pleasure that a lot of the abductees had been let loose by their abductors, Ogun indigenes are expressing fear that arrests should not being made whilst thousands and thousands of Naira had been paid as ransoms.

The Ogun State Authorities has not issued any assertion to sentence current kidnapping circumstances within the state for the reason that launch of the 2 kidnapped OOU college students.

In the meantime, nurses in Ogun have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over the current abduction of medical personnel within the state.

The State Chairman of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Roseline Solarin, by means of a letter, addressed to the Commissioner for Well being within the state, Dr. Tomi Coker, condemned the lackadaisical perspective of the federal government in the direction of the discharge of their kidnapped colleagues.

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