Kidnappers to die in Cross River
A bill recommending the death penalty for convicted kidnappers has been signed into law by Cross River state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
The governor signed the bill, along with 9 others at the state executive chambers.
Accounts and properties belonging to the kidnappers and anyone who aids them can be frozen and seized too, according to the law.
One of the bills also passed was the Social Housing Law, which was made to provide shelter for the state’s poorest.
“The most emotional bill to me is the Social Housing Law which seeks to provide housing for the poorest of the poor in the state.
“Various researches have linked corruption in civil service to housing. It has also been proven that given the salaries of average civil servants, if they don’t originate memos that give them extra money, if they don’t comprise, they is no civil servant in Nigeria that will be able to build a house.”
“So by virtue of our salary structure, you have already created a catalyst for corruption to thrive.”
“By this bill, housing in Cross River State is now a right to the citizenry, it may not be justiciable at this point in time but we have created a legal stimulus to drive the structure that we can achieve housing for everybody, and in the process, stamp out all mud and thatch houses in Cross River State.”
Other laws signed by the governor include: Infrastructure Safety and Regulatory Law, Water Front Management and Development Law, Corporate Social Responsibility Agency Law and Tax Exemption Law for low income earners.