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Police To Partner With Niger Delta Communities Against Kidnapping

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 6:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Musa Daura, on Monday, solicited community co-operation in the fight against kidnapping in Bayelsa State.

Daura spoke in Yenagoa just as the news broke out on the kidnapping of a woman identified as Adioyili Okorie Agidi  in the state.

It was gathered that Agidi, said to be about 55 years old, was taken away on Sunday at Opume, Ogbia Local Government Area, by gunmen who operated in a speedboat.

The gunmen, numbering six, were said to have broken into her home at 9am and dragged her away into the creeks.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s political confidant and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amalate Johnny Turner, is the paramount ruler of Opume.

Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Ogbia, Osaanya B. Osaanya, has called on the abductors to release the woman without any delay.

“We are sending a strong message to community leaders, especially in Opume, to be vigilant. We have noticed that each time a prominent chief visits the community, there will be a kidnap case.

“Ijaw youths in the council under my leadership will assist security agencies to ensure that the woman is released,” Osaanya said.

Daura, who has Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states under his control, said the police were taking various  measures to check kidnapping and other crimes in the state.

The AIG said the police were not magicians and they relied on information from communities and stakeholders, especially coastal settlements, to effectively tackle the menace.

He urged members of the public to contact the police whenever they notice strange faces in their areas.

“It is unfortunate that we have these cases of kidnapping. There is nowhere in the world where you won’t experience such things. For the past one month or so, it was recently that l got a report of robbery incident in Bayelsa.

“The state has 80 per cent water and 20 per cent land. So, it is not possible for anybody to come from outside and kidnap in Bayelsa.

“That is one of the reasons that we have partnership with the people. If you notice any strange happening within your domain, report to the nearest police station.

“We are doing everything possible to make sure we stop kidnapping in the state,” he said.