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No hiding place for kidnappers soon, says Jonathan

By Emma Amaize
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan says very soon, there will be no hiding place for kidnappers in the country, as the Federal Government has directed security chiefs to speed up the deployment of technology-based infrastructure that will help unmask kidnappers and their sponsors.

Besides meeting with the South-East governors on the challenge posed by kidnapping, the President said he had also met with the governors of the South-South in the last three days on the matter.

He said in his Facebook page: “I have directed that we speed up and intensify the deployment of technology-based infrastructure that will help unmask these individuals and their sponsors. Soon, there will be no hiding place for kidnappers.

“For reasons of security, I may not go into details but let me say this: Forestalling these crimes is a task for all— the community, citizens and the government. In the last 48 hours, I have held meetings with the governors of the South-East and the South-South as well as discussions with security operatives.

On the released journalists

“I am pleased with and welcome the release of the four journalists who were kidnapped in Abia State. I join millions of Nigerians to felicitate with their families. Kidnapping, armed robbery and other sundry crimes are a result of the erosion of our traditional values in addition to economic difficulties.

“We have no choice but to revive our value system and rebuild our economy. For the immediate period, we have taken steps to empower and motivate law enforcement agencies.

Nigerians deserve positive actions

“This is no time for rhetoric, you deserve positive actions and this is what I will deliver. We are committed to creating employment in our country through entrepreneurial support programme infrastructure provision; stimulating production of goods and services among others.

“For those of you who followed the announcement of the generous credit facilities targeted at stimulating vital sectors of the economy by the CBN, I say this is just one of many steps to come,” he said.


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