By Emma Amaize& Austin Ogwuda
WARRI—DELTA State Government, yesterday, set up a combined military task force to rid the state of kidnappers in the wake of the recent abduction of 15 children by ransom seekers in Abia State.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who personally inaugurated the team in Warri, Delta State, warned hoodlums planning to use the state as a safe haven for their criminal activities to turn a new leaf or face the wrath of the law.
The Governor affirmed that the action was in response to the recent kidnap of 15 children in Abia by criminals, saying, “the way Nigeria is, once something happens elsewhere people tend to copy it in other places.”
He directed the military to comb the nook and crannies of the state for known kidnappers and suspects.
He said, “This is a state that has zero tolerance to kidnapping. We have done it before and we can do it again. We achieved near zero tolerance but right now it is like some persons outside the state who are into kidnapping have sneaked into the state and we are determined to fish them out, whether from this state or outside the state.”
FORMER Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Mr. Emmanuel Ogidi, has said “Governor Uduaghan has delivered on the mandate for which I delivered him in 2007.”
He, however, said that those contesting the governorship seat in 2011 “are free to do so.
It is a contest. The Governor is not holding any grudge against anybody for exercising his franchise”, he said in Asaba, while commenting on the Governor’s acceptance to run for another term.