From Uja Emmanuel,Makurdi
Benue State Government has demolished two houses belonging to a wanted kidnapper and armed Robber in Sankera axis of Benue state in Makurdi the Benue state capital.
The Demolition was carried out under the Benue state law of anti kidnapping 2017 signed by Governor Samuel Ortom.
The law, Adoption, hostage taking, kidnapping, secret cult and other related offense, 2017 was signed along the Benue state anti open grazing Law in 2017
The law of Adoption, hostage taking, kidnapping, secret cult and other related offenses stipulates stiffer punishment for offenders and gives more powers to law enforcements agents.
According to the highlights of the kidnapping and hostage taking law stipulates that anyone whose house is used for unlawful detention and kidnapping if found guilty is liable to the death sentence.
Anyone found guilty of hostage taking on conviction will earn ten years jail term while anyone tried for an act of terrorism and found guilty will be liable to 14 years jail term.
Anyone whose premises are used for taken hostage, such property will be forfeited to the government, also any threat to person on kidnapping is liable to seven years jail term.
Men of Operation Zenda JTF on tip off earlier picked Azonto’s wing man and wife in Benue state with millions of naira meant for buying arms and ammunitions and properties for Azonto who hides some where in the bush and commits all manners of criminal acts.
Mr Torlumun Steven and Mrs Mwuese, wife of Aondofa Cephas Chekele aka Azonto lead the commander of Operation Zenda JTF and other police officers to the two houses were the Demolition took place.
They confess that the houses are used as kidnapping den where Azonto hides his victims and negotiates ransom on their heads.
The first House is located off Federal housing estate Phase 1 Nortbank is a four Bedroom Apartment and the second within the same area is a two bedroom flat all were pulled down before the watch of Men from Urban Development Board and Azonto neighbors.
The Commander of Operation Zenda JTF Chief Suprintendant of Police CSP Justine Gberindyer while reacting to the development said the Police are not going to rest until they bring kidnappers to their knees in the state.