Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, has said he would readily sign the death warrant of any kidnapper convicted in the state.
The governor said this in Abakaliki while delivering his address to mark the 55th independence anniversary of the country and the 19th anniversary of the state creation.
“The incidences of kidnapping in the state are worrisome as it leaves psychological trauma on victims and their relatives.
“I will readily sign the death warrant of any convicted kidnapper without wasting time even though it involves a high profile person or not,” Umahi added.
He said the House of Assembly passed an existing law on kidnapping in the state which stipulates capital punishment for convicted offenders.
The governor therefore warned all owners of uncompleted buildings in the state to keep them clean and ensure they are guarded.
“Any uncompleted building that houses kidnap victims or accessories would be demolished within 24 hours of discovery of such activities,” he warned.
Umahi also granted state pardon to eight convicted prisoners in the state in the spirit of the celebrations.
“I am directing the state committee on prerogative of mercy to monitor the conduct of the pardoned persons and ensure they are responsible people,” the governor said.
Umahi also enjoined the committee to ensure the beneficiaries did not commit any more crimes.
The governor reiterated his readiness to lift the face of the capital city through road rehabilitation and reconstruction, and ensure that at least 1,000 Ebonyi youths are provided with training opportunities before the end of this month.
Meanwhile, the first civilian Governor of the state and Senator representing Ebonyi North zone in the Senate, Dr. Sam Egwu, urged Ebonyi people to unite and cooperate with its leaders.
“This is to realise the aims of the state founding fathers while thanking the former leaders of the state especially its first Military Administrator, Commodore Walter Ferghabo (rtd), for their contributions to develop the state.