Following cases of Kidnapping and the payment of random, the Commissioner for Justice and Kwara State Attorney General, Mr Salman Jawondo (SAN), has reportedly stated that kidnapping for ransom has become a source through which state government funds are syphoned under the pretext that the demands of kidnappers must be met to save lives of victims of the crime.
He reportedly disclosed this on Monday at the commencement of the 2021/2022 legal year and valedictory court session for retiring judges in Ilorin.
According to him, “Insecurity in our country is more than challenging as no one can now sleep with two eyes closed. The phenomenon of kidnapping for ransom has transmuted into a lucrative venture sustained by hoodlums with active connivance of unscrupulous persons.”
He noted that, “It has become a veritable source through which state funds are siphoned under the pretext that the demands of the kidnappers must be met to save lives of the victims of the crime.”
He added that, “The judiciary, as the last hope of the common man, needs to be more on its toes to save us from the menace now eating deep into our flesh.”
He maintained that, “I hold the view and with supreme confidence that, now is the time to reconsider/review the obsolete ‘presumption of innocence’ of defendants with respect to some crimes threatening the corporate existence of us as human beings and our right to live in peace.”