The governor of Delta State yesterday revealed that six special courts have been created as a measure to battle the growing menace of kidnapping in the state.

The revelation was made to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Mr Adamu Abubakar, who paid him a famil­iarization visit in Asaba.

According to the governor, “we are aware that all over the coun­try today, the issue of kidnapping is becoming a challenge; there is no doubt that in this state, we are tackling the challenge.”

“A lot of kidnappers have been arrested and I have been informed that six special courts have been created by the Chief Judge to try kidnappers who have been arrested,” he said, add­ing, “such was done to ensure a speedy trial because, we have a robust law to deal with issues that concern kidnapping and those who assists them.”

Making his observation re­garding herdmen, Okowa posit­ed that it was a national challenge that requires national solution, noting that the Police was doing a lot in checking criminal activi­ties in the state.

While assuring that his ad­ministration would continue to support the Police and other security agencies in the state, Governor Okowa reiterated, “For effective check on criminal activities, it is important for the government to have good rela­tionship with the Police which we are doing.”

He also used the occasion to state that his administration was on the verge to proffer lasting so­lution to the Ogbe-Ijaw/Aladja communal crisis that has lasted for years.

The AIG who was accom­panied by top Police officers told the governor that he was on familiarization tour of the state, observing that Governor Okowa’s reputation of assisting the Police to carry out their func­tions was legendary.