Gombe Government advocates stiffer penalty for rape, kidnapping. Gombe State Government is considering a law that could prescribe death penalty for perpetrators of kidnapping and rape in the State.
The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi stated this when he played host to the Coalition for the Eradication of Social Vices Among Youth, a non governmental organization established by youth of like minds to address delinquency among the younger generation in the country.
Professor Njodi said the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is passionate on recreating a society where ethics, norms and values are upheld and obeyed, and therefore it will not shy away from bringing the full weight of the law to bear on any group or individual who engage in anti social behaviour.
He said the establishment of the Ministry of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation underscores the importance the present administration in Gombe State places on building a just and peaceful society.
The Gombe SSG who described as worrisome the continuous involvement of the under age in drug abuse and other social vices, called for concerted efforts from well meaning Nigerians to curtail the ugly trend.
“The issue is not just talking on the gallery, we must take the bull by the horn especially as it relates to rape and kidnapping and on this two topical issues of public concern, Governor Inuwa Yahaya is so serious that once the State House Assembly does the needful concerning the death penalty law the Governor will assent to it”.
He commended the Organisation for their foresight, assuring them of the State Government’s readiness to partner with it.
The Project Manager of the Coalition for the Eradication of Social Vices among Youths, Jacob Kelvin said the mission of the organisation is to have a society free from youths engagement in social vices through constant awareness.
He said in the three years of its existence, the organisation has consistently carried out awareness campaings and road marches on topical issues such rape, drugs abuse, Gender Based Violence and kidnapping in Plateau State.
Jacob Kelvin said their decision to come to Gombe was informed by the receptive posture of the Present administration in the State, which places premium on Security and Ethical Orientation as well as youths empowerment among other areas of interest.