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Niger Assembly okays death for abductors, informants

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Niger State House of Assembly has recommended death by public hanging for anyone found guilty of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling or giving out information to bandits.

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According to the lawmakers, the punishment is part of the recommendation of the assembly’s joint committee on security, intelligence and judicial matters presented by its Chairman, Ahmed Agwara, at the floor of the house.

Agwara, the Minority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, who represents Kontagora/Agwara Constituency, maintained that informants were included in the law because it was discovered that they play key roles in the activities of bandits in the state.

The chairman stressed that the guilty ones would be hanged in public to serve as a lesson to potential criminals.

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While passing the bill, the assembly speaker, Bawa Wuse, applauded members of the committee for their efforts geared towards bringing a lasting solution to banditry in the state.

He directed the clerk to produce copies of the bill for Governor Abubakar Bello’s assent.

THE West African Royal Ceramics Company, Ajaokuta, Kogi State, has condemned Wednesday’s abduction of its workers, saying efforts are on to rescue them.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the firm, Hassan Igo, stated in Lokoja, yesterday, that all security agencies in the area had been mobilised to track down the perpetrators and free those in their custody.

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While assuring the workers of their safety, he said they would be rescued alive and reunited with their families.

His words: “We have involved the police area commander and the Department of State Services (DSS). Together, they have initiated all the necessary moves. We have equally reached out to the families of those that were abducted and assured them of their safety.

“This is just to let the public and their families know that all hands are on deck to get the captives released and united with their families.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Kogi, DSP William Aya, said on Wednesday evening that six mining workers of the company were kidnapped.

According to him, the police and sister security agencies are combing the bushes to ensure that the abducted miners regained freedom.

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