Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, has said he will not hesitate to approve capital punishment as sentences for criminal elements who constitute a nuisance in the state.
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Governor Abiodun said this on Sunday after 150 suspects were arrested in connection with the series of harassments, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occurred within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the state.
The governor stated that his administration will deal ruthlessly with criminals in the state.
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“It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment.
“I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero-tolerance for criminals and we will deal with the with venomous measures. Enough is enough,” the governor said in a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary.
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Governor Abiodun commended the state police command for its swiftness in flushing out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise.
He urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the nefarious activities of criminals, asking them to smoke out their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in questionable activities not only in Ifo and Ado-Odo local governments, but across the state.
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He assured that his administration will avail all security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with the necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the state.
The governor further enjoined all other relevant agencies to immediately up the ante of their intelligence gathering mechanisms to ensure that there’s no reoccurrence of the criminal acts, especially as the State continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.