Reports reaching Pulse News say the Cross River state anti-kidnapping bill, has been signed into law, by the Governor,Prof. Ben Ayade.
The law stipulates a death penalty for anyone found guilty of kidnapping in the state.
Also in accordance with the law, the state has the right to confiscate the assets, as well as freeze accounts of convicted kidnappers.
Also speaking on the newly signed social housing law, Gov. Ayade said “The most emotional bill to me is the Social Housing Law which seeks to provide housing for the poorest of the poor in the state. Various researches have linked corruption in civil service to housing. It has also been proven that given the salaries of average civil servants, if they don’t originate memos that give them extra money, if they don’t compromise, there is no civil servant in Nigeria that will be able to build a house. So, by virtue of our salary structure, you have already created a catalyst for corruption to thrive.”
Adding that “By this bill, housing in Cross River State is now a right to the citizenry, it may not be justiciable at this point in time but we have created a legal stimulus to drive the structure that we can achieve housing for everybody, and in the process, stamp out all mud and thatch houses in Cross River State.”