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Kidnap of Delta judge: Uduaghan apologises to judiciary

By Austin Ogwuda

ASABA—DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, formally apologised to the state judiciary over the kidnap of Justice Marcel Okoh, kidnapped sometime last month, assuring that his administration was tackling the menacing issue of kidnapping headlong.

He said that as a result of the seriousness attached to the declared war on kidnapping and other criminal offences, his administration had set up two special courts dedicated to trying offenders of these crimes, in addition to acquiring communication gadgets to assist law enforcement agencies to track down the criminals.

Receiving the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Zai-Laye Smith, who led other  judges on a courtesy visit as part of activities to mark the beginning of the 2012/2013 legal year, the governor, who was represented by his deputy Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, said:  “Talking of security, good governance cannot be enthroned in an atmosphere of insecurity. There cannot be peace without security. Unsecured environment breeds anarchy. Security is a public good that must be sold and bought by government and the people respectively.”


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