Kidnapping in Ekiti State will soon become a serious offence that would attract a life jail term and all the static and moveable properties used to perpetrate the act confiscated by the state government.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Owoseni Ajayi made the disclosure in Ado-Ekiti while briefing the press about the outcome of the state Executive Council meeting which was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola.
Barrister Owoseni said the state government has prepared a bill towards effecting this because it considered the act of kidnapping,
which is now rampart, as a serious social menace which has to be discouraged and curtailed with a stern penalty that would curb the perpetrators and their collaborators before it gets out of hand.
The Attorney General revealed the three other bills that the state Executive Council considered and ratified for presentation to the state House of Assembly for passage into laws to include bills to review the tenure of the political leadership in the local government councils from three years to two years, for the establishment of Public
Defenders and the bill to repeal the establishment of the Ekiti State College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture.
Barrister Ajayi explained that the bill to review the tenure of local government political leadership was aimed at enhancing participatory governance at the grassroots level while the bill to repeal the law that established the state College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture was necessitated by the prevailing financial situation of the country, where the states are struggling hard to pay workers’ salaries and allowances, Ekiti state inclusive.
The commissioner added that the state could not accommodate additional financial burden, in the face of other pressing developmental projects calling for government attention.
The commissioner who lamented that many innocent citizens have been wrongly punished under the law as a result of their inability to access justice through fair hearings because they have no money to hire a solicitor stressed that the bill for the establishment of the Public Defenders will create a legal unit that the indigents with criminal cases can approach and have access to fair hearing by providing free legal representations for them.
Also briefing the press, the state Commissioner for Local Government and
Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Kola Kolade disclosed other far reaching decisions taken at the Exco meeting to include the approval of Prince Ajayi Oluwasesan Omolagba of Odanaogun Ruling House as the new Oba to occupy the stool of the Alasa of Ilasa which has been vacant since 1st October, 2012 while Prince Adetiba Jimoh Oluwagbemiga of Ogbalegbojuotupe Ruling House was approved to occupy the stool of the Ajagun of Ilumoba-Ekiti which has also been vacant since 30th July, 2009.
According to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, all the necessary traditional, legal rules and procedures were critically considered and followed before the approval.
The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Kayode Oso while briefing the press said that the state Executive Council has approved the reconstruction of the failed culverts at Iwesu River and a bridge in Otun-Ekiti which has become a death trap to the people and commuters plying the area.
Oso said that the government considered the reconstruction projects as very important because of the incessant flood in the area
and particularly the recent flooding which led to a loss of life in the area in July this year.
The Works and Transports Commissioner explained that the bridge which was approved for reconstruction is on the main route linking Ekiti to Kwara State and would definitely boost economic activities between the two states.
He said the work would commence in earnest as it was billed for completion, latest in three months time.