By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, expressed worry over the release of the former leader of the anti-kidnapping unit of the state police command, Mr. Dickson Adeyemi, and four others, who were allegedly fingered in the spate of kidnappings in the state.
The governor, who spoke when the Acting Inspector General of Police, IG, Mr Mohammed Abubakar visited the state and took delivery of some patrol vehicles donated by the state government for improved policing, expressed concern over the release of the suspects, saying that release of the suspects coincided with the resurgence of kidnapping in the state, a situation, he said was causing ripples in the state.
He said: “The people of Delta State want me to send a message to you on recent happenings in the state and even the state House of Assembly deliberated on it. Few days ago, some persons, your police officers, suspected to be involved in kidnapping, who were earlier apprehended, were released.
“What is bothering us is that their release coincided with the recent upsurge in kidnap cases in the state. We want you (IG) to have a second look at that issue.”
Mr Abubakar in his response to a question on the release of the said police officers, during a stakeholders’s meeting at Government House press centre Asaba, said: “You are talking about the officer being investigated. I haven’t forgotten. You said investigation.
“You see what you should understand, Deltans didn’t complain to me. As Inspector General of Police, I have a responsibility to this country. When I realised what was happening in Delta, I was worried because I have a lot of brothers and sisters in this state.
“So it was I, who initiated that investigation, so if you tell me Deltans are worried, they didn’t complain to me. Because of what you said, you saw the action we took.
“The officers had been transferred out of the command because we want to do justice. But the proviso there is, I cannot sanction or prosecute anybody without preponderance of evidence.”