Benue to amend anti-cultism law to provide stiffer penalties

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State government is to amend its law prohibiting kidnapping, cultism and other related offences to provide stiffer penalties for kidnappers, cultists and other offenders.

Governor Samuel Ortom stated this yesterday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi when he received the 36th Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, Tunji Akingbola on a courtesy visit.

He lamented the negative impact of cult related activities on the society, stressing that his administration would amend the law to make it extremely difficult to secure the release of any cultist.

The Governor expressed worry over the recent media attacks on state Governors by the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore arising from the enactment of ranching laws by various states across the country.

He called on the Federal Government to prove that they are not complicit by the activities of the Fulani socio cultural group by arresting its members for incitement and breach of security in the country.

Governor Ortom advocated for increased funding to all security agencies by States and Federal Governments to be able to fight crime and banditry effectively, stressing that the current security agents and equipment were grossly inadequate.

He pledged his administration’s support and collaboration with the Police with a view to combating crime in the state.

CP Tunji Akingbola in a remark, linked most of the criminal activities in the state such as kidnappings and armed robbery to cultism, saying the command through investigation, has recovered locally fabricated weapons from suspected cultists.

While attributing the feat achieved to collaboration between the Police and sister security agencies, the Police Commissioner stated that the command would engage traditional rulers and faith based organisations in order to redeem some of the cultists.

CP Akingbola assured that the Police Command under his watch would work towards building and enforcing peace in Benue using effective communication and crime fighting equipment such as digital finger print data base recorder among others.

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