Friday, July 19, 2019

Kidnapping: Oluwo calls for death penalty

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has urged the Osun State Government to come up with a law that will make kidnapping an offence punishable by death.

The royal father stated this when he led other royal fathers in Iwoland to congratulate Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on his recent victory at the Supreme Court in Osogbo on Thursday.

The monarch said, “Fulani people have been living with us for over 400 years. I visited nomadic settlement in my area. The schools there were empty. Many of those children are not equipped for the future and they may not be interested in cattle rearing any more.

“Many of those children are today engaging in kidnapping now; many armed men of Fulani ethnic stock are joining forces with those Fulani that have been living around us for a long time. We must encourage them to go to school. Education remains a permanent solution to the crises.

“But if the government can impose harsh punishment like death penalty, it will discourage people from engaging in kidnapping.”

The monarch, therefore, called on the government “to kill anyone found guilty of kidnapping by the court” to stop the menace.

He said it was impossible to ask Fulani herders to vacate Yorubaland, saying as Nigerians, they have right to reside in any part of the country.