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Mark Canvasses Tough Punishment For Kidnappers

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark

President of the Senate Senator David Mark has renewed his call for draconian measures against kidnappers submitting that the perpetrators do not deserve to live among normal human beings.

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark

Nigeria’s Senate President David Mark

Senator Mark in apparent call for the application of Hammurabi’s ancient Mesopotamian law of ‘an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth’ said   “if that is the only way to stop kidnapping, we can as well apply it here.”

Speaking at the funeral mass at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Abagana in Anambra state for late Chief James Emeka Iloenyosi who died in the hands of kidnappers, Senator Mark added, ” the unabating cases of kidnapping is a big shame. If stringent measure is not adopted the perpetrators would not stop.

” it is a big challenge to all of us. Government is there to take responsibilities, but the community cannot absolve herself of basic responsibilities. These kidnappers live among us. It is therefore incumbent on community leaders to fish them out . Today, it is Chief   Iloenyosi , who knows the next victim tomorrow .

“If a traditional ruler like Chief Iloenyosi is kidnapped and died in the hands of his abductors, then who is safe in this community. That is why everybody must vow to say enough is enough and no more to kidnapping in Anambra state.”

Anambra, Edo and Delta state governments have already sanctioned the law prescribing death penalty for kidnappers including destruction of their homes forthwith.

In his remarks, the Governor of Anambra state Mr. Peter Obi promised that government will not rest until the last kidnapper is flushed out of the State.  To achieve this, he pleaded with the people especially community leaders to  support and cooperate with government.


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