Kidnappers Must be Treated as Terrorists –Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu says individuals involved in kidnapping must be treated as terrorists.

Tinubu, who condemned the “reprehensible acts” perpetrated by kidnappers across the country, spoke on Tuesday at a Ramadan dinner with members of the federal judiciary led by Olukayode Ariwoola, the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

In a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson, Tinubu said those who resort to kidnapping children are cowards and incapable of confronting the might of the Nigerian armed forces.

” We must treat kidnappers as terrorists. They are cowardly. They have been degraded. They look for soft targets,” Tinubu said.

 “They go to schools and kidnap children and cause disaffection. We must treat them equally as terrorists in order to get rid of them, and I promise you, we will get rid of them.”

On the review of the salaries of judicial officers, the president pledged that his administration would continue to implement necessary reforms to improve the welfare and working conditions of judicial officers.

”I recognize that the judiciary has one of the most unrewarded responsibilities. They are yet to modernize equipment and recordkeeping, and their progress towards improvement is slow,” he said.

”When you look at the career path of a judicial officer, they cannot practice the vocation for which they were trained after retirement.

”While the framers of the law may have their reasons, I perceive this differently and see this from a fair compensation angle that should benefit all.”

Tinubu expressed gratitude to the judiciary for its dedicated service to the nation and for upholding the respectability of the judicial arm of the government.

“We will continue to support one another and bring Nigeria to that glorious dawn,” he concluded.

In his remarks, Ariwoola commended the president for the honour of hosting judicial officers at a Ramadan dinner.

He also lauded Tinubu for his commitment to the reforms and improving the welfare of judicial officers in the country.

“May the Lord continue to bless you and your administration. Let your ship land and berth beautifully. We shall continue to pray for your administration because there are many good things in the pipeline for Nigerians,” the CJN prayed.

Ariwoola praised the administration for achieving a significant milestone by appointing a full complement of 21 justices to the supreme court, a feat he described as unprecedented.

Lateef Fagbemi, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, expressed gratitude to the president for forwarding the executive bill titled, “judicial office holders’ salaries and allowances, etc., bill 2024″ to the national assembly.

Highlighting the stagnant state of judges’ salaries and emoluments since 2007, Fagbemi commended the president’s courage, determination, and compassion in taking decisive action.

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