Kidnap Cases In Lagos State Exaggerated – Attorney-General

Gov.-Babatunde-Raji-Fashola1Cases of kidnap in Lagos State are being exaggerated, according to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye.

Ipaye, at the May edition of his ministry’s Monthly Press Briefing on Law and Order, on Thursday, said “there is a need for caution, but no cause for alarm”.

He said, “From investigations conducted so far, it is clear that the problem is considerably exaggerated.

“We’ve noted the increased reporting of kidnap cases. We reviewed  this yesterday (Wednesday) also at the State Security Council meeting and we came to certain conclusions.

“I’m not saying there is no need for caution, there is need for caution, we have not reached that stage where everybody should be panicking about it.

“What we have found is that, in Lagos State, they are being arrested, and the first of them, will come to court in a matter of days and I will lead that prosecution myself.”

While urging relatives of victims to report kidnap cases to the police early, Ipaye warned them against hurried payment of ransom to the criminals.

He said, “We have seen  indications that some are in a hurry, so they quickly make the money available. But this money is fuelling the crime.

According to Ipaye, the Legal Advisory Unit in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions had “influx of files from police in March and April 2013, totalling 243”.

Out of the 243 files, Ipaye said 115 of them had been fully resolved and advice issued while others were  in other stages of processing.