The Edo State government on Tuesday ordered the demolition of a house in Benin allegedly used by kidnappers as hideout.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole gave the order when State Security Service, SSS, officials informed him of the arrest of seven suspects in the building.
The governor said that the demolition would serve as deterrent to others who might want to be involved in the act.
“For the landlords, we have already made the decision that anyone that aids and abets kidnapping will have his structure demolished,”Oshiomhole reiterated.
Oshiomole also warned that “any hotelier who does not follow instructions to document those who stay in their hotel and such facilities are used for kidnapping or human trafficking, we will demolish it.”
He stressed that nobody had the right to make money out of the pains of Nigerians, adding that “it is better to demolish one or two houses to make the community safe haven for all.”
He directed the SSS director in the state, Bello Bakori, to expedite action in the demolition of the said house located at Zomi Zomi area of Upper Sakpoba in Benin.
Earlier, Bakori said the suspects were allegedly responsible for the kidnap of the Supreme Court Judge, Rhodes Vivour’s wife, daughter and driver on May 10 on Benin-Ore Expressway.
He said that the suspects who were arrested on June 27 by the combined team of the army and SSS operatives, had confessed to the crime, while five members of the syndicate were still at large.
Three members of the kidnap gang were paraded before journalists by the security service.