Rivers State Governor, Nysom Ezenwo Wike on Thursday promised to sign the death warrant of cultists convicted to have killed people during their operation without hesitation.
Wike spoke after signing three bills into law at the State House, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The bills are the controversial Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps Law No.8 of 2018; the Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) (Amendment) Law No.6 of 2018 and the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) (Amendment) No.2 Law No.7 of 2018.
Wike said that the laws were necessary to enhance security across the state.
On the Anti-kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Laws, Wike said that stiffer penalties had been approved to discourage those who might want to be involved in the offences.
“If you are a cultist and you are caught, it is life imprisonment. If you are a cultist and you kill during cult activities, you will face the death penalty. If you are convicted of kidnapping and the Supreme Court affirms your conviction, I will sign the death warrant without looking back, ” he said.
The governor said that the State Government would battle cultism and kidnapping to a standstill.
He also said that the Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps would support existing security agencies with intelligence and information for them to effectively fight crime and make the state safer.
Source: PM News