Gov. Uduaghan, Delta Legislature At Loggerheads Over New Anti-Kidnapping Bill

Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei, along with 28 other members of the Assembly, has incurred the wrath of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for overriding his veto of the anti-kidnapping law.

Impeccable sources who confided in our reporter revealed that the romance between the legislators and the governor went sour on Wednesday when the House took the initiative to override the veto of the governor on the bill, which prescribes the death penalty for kidnapping.  The House unanimously passed the bill in November last year but it was vetoed by the governor.

The “Delta State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Terrorism Bill, 2012,” had last year generated controversy and bad blood between the legislature and the executive over the blatant refusal of the governor to asset to the bill.

Uduaghan had condemned the bill, saying that the death penalty was outdated, and proposed life sentence instead.  That was ignored by the House, which then decided to override the veto.

At that day’s plenary, after the governor’s very lengthy letter was read out on the floor of the House by Mr. Ochei, the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole, chaired by the Speaker.

Dissatisfied with the explanation given by the governor for his veto, the legislators relied on section 100 sub-section 5 of the 1999 constitution, as amended.  The section empowers the legislature to override the governor by a two-thirds majority.

A motion for the override of the veto was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Monday Igbuya and immediately seconded by Mr. Joseph Oshevire.

The lawmakers swiftly voted to override the veto with 26 of the 29 members of the House, effectively making the bill the new law of the state.
Following the overwhelming vote, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House to list the law in the state High Court, as it had taken effect from Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Investigations revealed that 28 members of the House, excluding the Speaker, jointly sponsored the bill that was rejected by the governor.   Surprisingly during the voting, the member representing Warri North constituency, Mrs. Irene Imilar, dramatically took her leave while the member representing Aniocha South constituency, Mrs. Amaechi Mrakpor, was absent.

Angered by the decision, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuyah, condemned the House, stressing that the death sentence is no longer fashionable world-wide.

At a press conference in Asaba, Ajuyah said his ministry had proposed two bills recommending stringent measures against kidnappers and armed robbers to enhance the administration of criminal justice in the State.

In his own reaction, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, said, “My fear is that this does not end up being a ‘dead letter law’ because as the governor of Edo State said lately, all those he has condemned to death are still waiting to be put to death as the country does not have any more public executioners.”

It would be recalled that Uduaghan, while reacting to a question posed to him during an interactive session, noted that there is already a death penalty.
“Every kidnapper is an armed robber. So, I don’t know why we are talking today of death penalty for kidnappers. Why do I have to sign another law for kidnappers? So, why this unnecessary debate about Uduaghan not agreeing to sign the death penalty for kidnappers and all that?”

Mr. Ochei had also some time ago expressed confidence about the proposed law.  “There is no way the bill will not scale through. If by the time the bill is ready and the governor does not give assent, there is a constitutional provision of what to do and I am sure he cannot discountenance the opinion of 28 members of this House. So, I don’t want to pre-empt what it will come out as if the bill is passed into law. There is a process, the next process. If it is not assented to, you are asking me this question, then I can tell you, yes, we can invoke section 100 of the Constitution but until that time comes, I think it will be too hasty to say.”

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SACRED

YEAH THESE POLITICIANS ARE SCARED SO THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A LAW TO PROTECT THEM AND THEIR LOOT. THE DEATH PENALTY IS NOT EXTREME, BUT IT IS NOT WHAT WE NEED. COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE DONE AWAY WITH THE DEATH PENALTY SO THEY SHOULD TAKE THE LIFE SENTENCE OPTION AND MOVE.WE KNOW THEY ARE SACRED AND WE KNOW AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT THEY DONT CARE ABOUT THE PUBLIC.

Kidnappers deserve death penalty - period

I listened to the governor offer a very weak explanation on Delta State Rainbow radio programme on wednesday 17th April particularly citing the case of Oshiomole who had signed death warrants but no hangman to execute the order. I must say that Uduaghan is a confused person in this issue. What it means is that there are vacancies for hangmen in this country in the face of millions who are unemployed. Hanging, these days are done with automatic machines which the government can purchase. The message must be clear to kidnappers who incidentally are former political thugs of persons like uduaghan, Ibori and co and who were dumped and now found kidnapping lucrative.

THE GOVERNOR INCLUDING THE LAW MAKERS ALL THIEVES.

Gov. Uduaghan and the law makers are all thieves, looting our state funds. why will they not be kidnapped when their citizens have no jobs. many graduates are roaming the streets of Asaba. Jobs will come out , the Governor and the house members will share the positions and give them to their people.if they cannot give us a job as a responsible government should do, we have no choice than to kidnapp them and earn a living. this is just the begining. ndi oshi!

How can a kidnapper like

How can a kidnapper like Uduaghan himself give give his nod to such a bill? He is afraid that when he is caught, he would be made to tie the noose around his neck and hanged until death-an unrepentant crook out to create an industry for kidnapping in asaba-a man who deceived deltans into honoring him in Europe only for him to shut the door to their face-hours later-Now wants to romance with amaechi-hedesires to work for them like Ibori

Dancing and Party Governor

How can he sign the bill into Law when there is nothing connected to dancing or partying in the Bill that the Governor of Delta State is known for, I have not seen anything the Delta State Governor is doing with all the Billions that accrue to the State every month, all I see him do whenever I see him on TV is either dancing or partying.

Governor Uduaghan has made Ibori look like a saint. I think the legislators did the right thing by signing the Bill into Law, whether the Death Panalty is outdated or not, is a debate for another day, but, this is good move by the Legislators of Delta State, kudos to them.

Monarch

The governor does not understand democracy; the government of the people, by the people, for the people. The legistrators are the people. Please Mr. governor shut up and execute. Kudos to Delta State. The Fed Legistrators should make this a national law.

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