House of an alleged kidnap kingpin demolished by the State Government
The Kogi State Government on Thursday crushed a compound allegedly owned by suspected leader of an interstate kidnap syndicate, Zakari Yau.
According to a statement from Governor Yahaya Bello’s office, the order to demolish the house located in Odu, in the state’s countryside was from the Governor.
The destruction comes six months after Mr. Yau, 30, was arrested by the police, alongside other suspected members of his ring, during a raid of the compound
Petra Onyegbule, Mr. Bello’s chief press secretary, said the property, which had allegedly served as criminal hideouts for years, had at least 12 gates leading into it.
Apart from Kogi, they were accused of also terrorising residents in several states across the north-central, including Benue, Nasarawa and Niger.
The demolition of Mr. Yau’s alleged property was part of an ongoing exercise aimed at smashing all suspected criminal hideouts in the state. Similar hideouts hard been torn down in other parts of the state, including Okenne, the statement said.
However, Mr. Bello has given all suspected criminals across the state until April 20, 2017 to hand in their arms and ammunition and embrace an ongoing amnesty exercise.
The statement said the demolition was carried out in accordance with the state’s Anti-Kidnapping, Robbery and Terrorism Act signed by the immediate past governor, Idris Wada.