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We ‘ll not negotiate with kidnappers – Ondo govt

..describes kidnappers of commissioner’s mum heartless
By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—ONDO State government yesterday took a swipe at the kidnappers of the 80-year-old mother of a Commissioner in the state, Madam Pege Esther Tewe and her 12-year-old grand daughter Rachael Lawrence, describing them as heartless and wicked.

Addressing newsmen on the outcome of its weekly state Executive Council meeting, the Information Commissioner, Mr. Ranti Akerele, vowed that government would not negotiate with the kidnappers who were described as criminals and ungodly.

Last Friday, about 10 gun-wielding militants in two speed boats invaded the home of the Commissioner, Chief Tola Wewe, at Sabome in Ese Odo council area of the state and took away the aged mother and her grand daughter.

Akerele, however, assured the people of the state that security operatives were working round the clock to ensure the release of the victims from their captives.

According to him: “The security operatives were working to ensure that lives and properties are secured in the state and we want to assure the people of the state that there is no cause for alarm.

“Our people should sleep with their two eyes closed. The state government is on top of the situation and we appeal to the kidnappers of the 80 year old woman to have a rethink. It is the height of inhuman action and depth of human wickedness to have kidnapped an old woman from the comfort of her home.”


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