CRS Anti kidnapping Law 2015 And The Administration of criminal justice Law 2017.

Due to several calls and inbox messages on the current demolition Of properties in calabar, let me endeavour to share this information  having presiding over the house as speaker crs_HOA within the period under review.

1. CRS Anti kidnapping Law 2015
Was sponsored by then and present Deputy speaker crs_HOA Hon Joseph Baseey .
It was passed in to Law, Assented and Gazzeted in 2015 around August.

In 2015 crs witnesed the worst case of gun violence, Cultism, kidnapping in the state.
Stakeholders mapping showed that neighbouring states of Akwa ibom, Rivers, Abia, Benue etc who had witnessed similar cases ,reacted proactively by domesticatimg Template for an Anti kidnapping Law.

But because, CRS had not domesticated, most of the king pins relocated to calabar to continue their operations.

The Law was sponsored, argued and passed into with 4 implementation framework

A. Prosecution of offenders without bail under a strict liability offence scenario and protection for witneses and volunteers of information.

B. Forfeiture and Demolition  of Assets and properties owned or used for the commission of the offence, including Assets or properties being proceed of the crime.

C. Prosecution and forfeiture of properties and assets of accessories before or after the fact of the offence, especially those who protect, collaborate or partner with the accused persons, including independent private properties used for the commission of the offence.

D. The responsibility of the state security council made up of the heads of all the key security agencies in the state ,who are empowered by the Law to provide syndicate mapping and forensic report to the Governor of the crime, criminals, assests, properties and their operations, for necessary or prompt urgent response as the case may be.

2. Administration of criminal justice Law 2017
This law was domesticated in 2017 having been sponsored by Hon Ogana Lukpata.
Among other things,  we Amended the Criminal Code and criminal procedure, repealed parts and retain other provisions under a new Law ,the Administration of criminal justice system Law.

That Law simplified the trial process for accused persons, created a summary Trial procedure, covered procurement of experts witnessed and protection of witnesses and victims including theirs welfare and security throughout and after trial.

The procedure for an order of forfeiture or outright demolition of properties and assets being proceed of the crime of kidnapping or being properties of the accused, co accused or  convicted of the offence, has been  well articulated.

Most of the properties been demolished have been under investigation for 3 to 4 years now.
Most of the accused persons having been put under security radar relocated from the state and returned to their base of origin ,while putting the properties to same illicit use, as hideouts for criminals.

I will advice everyone interested to read through this Laws from the Archive or Gazette of the Laws of crs 2015 and 2017.

- Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Former Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly (2015 -2019)

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