We Will Not Negotiate With Kidnappers – Diri.
Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has ruled out paying a ransom to gain the release of Mr Federal Otokito, the Commissioner for Trade and Investment.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), Otokito was abducted on Thursday at his country house in Otuokpoti in the state’s Ogbia Local Government Area.
Mr Daniel Alabrah, Diri’s Chief Press Secretary, issued a statement on Monday urging state youths to avoid abduction, which the governor termed as counter-productive.
Diri demanded the commissioner’s immediate and unconditional release, promising that the state’s anti-kidnapping legislation will be strictly enforced.
He said, “I left Yenagoa for Abuja and within the period one of my cabinet members was kidnapped. A lot of people expected me to make statements but I am not a man of too many words.
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“I advise those who settle scores by kidnapping and criminality that there are laws of Bayelsa State against kidnapping.
“Let me call on those that kidnapped my Commissioner of Trade and Investment to immediately release him without any conditions.
“I have been on it from the beginning till now and I will ensure that he is released unhurt.
“I advise all others involved in that criminal, ungodly and inhumane act to have a change of mind and leave that illegitimate business.’’