22 February 2017
In a bid to curb the growing rate of kidnapping and armed robbery in the state, the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has announced a whistle blowing law that guarantees the reward of N1 million for anyone who offers information leading to the arrest of armed robbers and kidnappers in the state.
Governor Ayade lamented the recurring situation where people arrested on issues relating to armed robbery or kidnapping still find their way back to streets without prosecution.
The Executive Order, which he tagged “Hafiz Law,” was made known on Tuesday at the Executive Council Chambers in Calabar, during a courtesy call on him by the newly posted Commissioner of Police, CP to the state, Hafiz Inuwa.
Ayade described the law as a resolute move to check the spate of crimes in the state.
He said: “Anybody who whistle blows on an armed robber or a kidnapper and by intelligence or investigation that armed robber or kidnapper is found to be true, that person is entitled to N1 million.
“From today, there is a whistle blowing law in Cross River State that guarantees you N1 million when you discover an armed robber, somebody who is in illegal possession of firearms, or somebody you know is a kidnapper or harbouring a kidnapped victim or offer any information leading to the arrest of an armed robber or kidnapper.
“We will give you the financial support to continue to feed them until the law takes its full course.
“Anybody caught in the act or there is sufficient evidence that corroborates that action, he is involved in any armed robbery and kidnapping, it is our responsibility as public servants who are in charge of the security of this state to ensure that such dangerous people do not get back to the society, unless the law finds them innocent.”
In his remark, the CP said in ensuring that the state remains peaceful, he was ready to work with those who are willing to assist the Police.