It’s total war against kidnappers
THE new Commissioner of Police (CP) in Rivers State, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, vowed yesterday that there will be no hiding place for kidnappers in the state for as long as he remains in the state. Ogunsakin who described kidnappers as very dangerous and unstable characters spoke against the backdrop of the recent kidnap of three politicians in Port Harcourt. He said he would make the state uncomfortable for kidnappers to operate. He said that that he has already mobilized his men to fish out the kidnappers from their hideouts. “We are sincere when we say no to kidnapping. Our briefed and mobilized to combat kidnappers,” he said. The State Police Command, according to him,had been discreet in its effort to rescue the abducted persons so as not to endanger their lives. The victims who are chieftains of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) were abducted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Eagle Island, Port Harcourt, and released on Thursday, March 6. Ogunsakin added: “We were actually very close on the heels of the kidnappers, but we are bound by our duty to protect the lives of the victims not to disclose how far we had gone in tracking the kidnappers or our policing strategy. Please, don’t misconstrue our silence when we are on the trail of kidnappers or criminals. “For your information, the police is always in the middle of it all; the families of the victims who want to cling to any piece of information that will lead to the release of their loved ones as well as the kidnappers who, conscious of the crime that they have committed, are torn between collecting ransom and evading the police to avoid arrest and prosecution for their crimes.” Continuing, the CP said, “In a complex situation like this, the police have to be very, very professional, indeed. Yes, we feel for the families of the victims, but the police cannot on the strength of that divulge sensitive operational information which can even endanger the lives of the victims who are still in the possession of the kidnappers who are very dangerous and unstable characters.”
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