By Mohammed Usman
Niger State government has demolished structures belonging to a notorious kidnapper who confessed to have used the proceeds from his criminal activities to build a bungalow at Nikangbe in Bosso Local Government Area, Minna metropolis.
The house, a two-bedroom flat with work ongoing in another uncompleted two-bedroom extension, was located within the densely populated Bosso.
While the government is yet to disclose the name of the kidnap suspect, the state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Emmanuel Umar, who supervised the demolition, said the state government’s action would discourage other criminals from contonuing in crime.
He said, “What the state government has just done is to give no hiding place for criminals. This is a sign and significantly a red card for criminals to leave Niger State because they will have no hiding place”.
The commissioner said, “This building is owned by a kidnapper who has been arrested and it has been established that he used part of the proceeds of his criminal activities to buy it’’.
Part of the policy of Niger State government, according to him, is to disallow criminals have a place in the state, adding, ‘‘If they do not leave peacefully, the law will catch up with them and we will make them to leave by force”.
While commending the police and other law enforcement agencies for their resolve in fishing out criminals among law-abiding citizens, the commissioner said that they had been up and doing in helping the state government bring to tha barest minimal crime rate in the state.
Meanwhile, Nigerlites and key stakeholders have been urged to be security conscious and to report suspicious movements and provide useful information about strangers and people with suspicious intents, including buildings found to be occupied by ‘strange persons’ to law enforcement agencies.