BY AUSTIN OGWUDA

Asaba—GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, has said  that the state will explore “every  available method to deal with kidnapping,”  just as he said that he was withholding giving staff of office to the traditional ruler of Kokori community until the wanted kidnap kingpin,  Kelvin was fished out.

He said: “We have identified some communities that have high rate of kidnappers, especially communities that encourage and protect kidnappers.

“Kokori is an example of such a community and in that community, I had said I will not give staff of office to the traditional ruler, until we are able to get the  kidnap kingpin, especially the young man called Kelvin. A lot of persons have been arrested, property or places where they keep the kidnappers destroyed.

“Some native doctors that help kidnappers have also been arrested. And I must thank the judiciary because the judiciary has also gone ahead to jail these kidnappers and I can tell you that Delta State has the highest number of kidnappers that have been convicted  by the judiciary in the whole of the country. And that requires a lot of boldness on the part of the judges. I want to thank them.

“The House of Assembly is also putting laws that will assist us deal with kidnapping. So, we are using every available method to deal with kidnapping and today, Delta State is a safer place than what it used to be a while ago.”

He spoke as part of the Democracy Day celebration in Asaba.

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