'Kidnap Cases Need Special Tribunals'

'Kidnap Cases Need Special Tribunals'

A senior instructor at Abuja's Baze University and an ex-Air Officer, Air Vice Marshal, Osita Obierika, urged the Federal Government to establish tribunals focusing specifically on kidnapping cases to ensure "certainty and severity of justice." 

Obierika made this statement while presenting a research paper entitled "Crises management of kidnap and ransom cases in Nigeria" at a two-day Lagos conference set up by the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON).

Obierika stressed that kidnapping, now a national ailment, is capable of scaring away the investors, and the measure of special tribunals has become necessary, as, according to him, "serious ailment requires serious remedy".

"Insecurity kills national development and confidence. Insecurity drives away investors and good money. Insecurity breeds instability. Nigeria is experiencing a palpable death of confidence now associated with the prevailing scourge of the menace of kidnapping. Something drastic must be done about it," Obierika said.

Also, the former Air Officer advised the officials to deal with the problem of youth unemployment, because it is a delusion for "policy makers and politicians in the country to know and enjoy peace, when its educated able-bodied men are not gainfully employed."

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