The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has signed the state’s anti-kidnapping Bill into Law, saying the new law, as passed by the State House of Assembly, will help in checking rising wave of abduction for ransom in the state.
The Governor, who spoke on Friday when he gave his assent to the Rivers State Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori (Amendment) Law 2015; Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) Amendment Law, 2015; and the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law No.4 of 2015 passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly, said with the law becoming operational, criminals convicted for kidnapping and being accessories to kidnap will forfeit their assets, funds and proceeds from kidnap.
“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 said.
On the Rivers State Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori ( Amendment) Law, 2015, Governor Wike said the renaming of the school became necessary because of the contributions of the late Saro-Wiwa to the development of the state.
According to Wike, the third bill titled Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law No.4 of 2015 is aimed at returning dignity and respect to the traditional institutions. He said that there was no reason why the State Traditional Institution should be politicized.
He commended the State Assembly for always putting the interest of the state first in their consideration of bills.