Phone snatchers in Kano state will henceforth face death penalty, the state government has said.
The outgoing Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the Kano State Security Council made the declaration.
Garba, in a statement on Sunday, said the council, which headed by the outgoing governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during its valedictory session, said phone snatching in recent times has become a worrisome and therefore needs drastic measures.
Garba also said the council has ordered the setting up of a special squad within the security system to deal with the menace and other criminalities in the state.
The commissioner said the council has made all necessary arrangement to ensure peaceful hand over on Sunday and warned miscreants to refrain from violence.
“Destruction of properties belonging to the public, individual or the opposition will not be tolerated as adequate measures have been taken to deal with such acts decisively,” the statement added.
According to Garba, Ganduje said there was the need for a smooth transition of power in the state, and called for a peaceful ceremony.
He thanked the security agencies in the state for all the cooperation extended to him throughout his tenure and urged them to maintain the tempo.
All the heads of the security agencies and other members of the council attended the meeting held virtually.