From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has given an urgent order that a block of four flats allegedly used as a hideout by suspected kidnappers in Benin, the state capital, be demolished.
The governor gave the order Wednesday when men of the Department of State Security, DSS, in the state paraded four kidnap suspects.
The building is located at Osasogie street, off Sapele road in Ikpoba Okha local government area of Edo State.
Oshiomhole reaffirmed that all buildings used for kidnapping would henceforth be destroyed in compliance with the state’s anti-kidnapping law.
“I am oblige to obey the directives of the law which is that any property used for kidnapping that property has to be brought down. With the narratives I have got from them those properties that they have used for these heinous crimes will be demolished under my supervision and we are doing it this week,” the governor said.
He explained that the demolition was in line with the anti-kidnapping bill passed into law by the state House of Assembly and assented to by the state government last year.
State director of DSS, Bello Bakori, who paraded the suspects said they were arrested in collaboration with men of the 4 Brigade of the Nigeria Army at different locations in the state capital.
All four suspects confessed to the crime and would face prosecution.