Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State has lauded security agencies for rescuing an expatriate kidnapped by gunmen.
Diri gave the commendation in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Mr. Doubara Atasi.
He said the rescue of the expatriate, an employee of PAACHE Construction Ltd., showed resilience and professionalism on the part of the security operatives.
“The government is grateful; the security agencies ensured swift response and their effort yielded immediate result,’’ the governor said.
Diri reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring adequate protection of lives and property.
“Our government has zero-tolerance for crime and violence. We shall never tolerate crime,’’’ he said.
The governor urged security agencies to trail members of the kidnap gang who might have escaped with bullet wounds during the rescue mission.
He cautioned community leaders against harbouring criminals or providing care for those injured while committing crime.
“As good citizens, we need to support security agencies with intelligence to tackle crime more effectively,’’ he said.
The governor urged investors and residents to go about their businesses without fear, saying: “We are committed to ensuring your safety and security.’’