Bayelsa Govt Vows Not To Pay Ransom For Abducted Dutch Nationals

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 11th, 2014

The Bayelsa State government has vowed not to pay a dime out of the N500 million ransom demand made by kidnappers of the three Dutch nationals.

The trio were kidnapped along the waterways of Letugbene community in Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa State.

A statement issued by the special adviser to the governor on security, Col Bernard Kenebai, said the state government would rather deploy needed security apparatus to ensure that the abducted Dutch nationals are freed and their kidnappers arrested.

Col Kenebai while briefing newsmen yesterday in his office said, though the abduction of the Dutch nationals was unfortunate, the state governor, Hon Seriake Dickson and the people of the state are angry over the incident.

According to Kenebai, though the decision of the organiser of the ill-fated trip and the Dutch nationals not to inform the security agencies was wrong and irresponsible, the state government in partnership with security agencies will secure their release. “We considered the ill-fated trip as unfortunate due to the fact that the state has not experienced it for a while.

“We also want to place it on record that the expatriates embarked on the journey without proper security arrangement. We really feel bad about it due to the fact that Bayelsa is a safe place. We have said, if anyone or visitors are going to an isolated area, they should inform security and get covered. It is not fair that they embarked on a dangerous adventure. It is an avoidable mission if the right security measure had been taken.”

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