The government of Rivers state says it
is reviewing and implementing new security operations in areas the Niger Delta
following the latest kidnappings of two prominent citizens.
Amaechi says the new measures will make it impossible for a repeat of what
he calls brazen acts by groups seeking greater share of the region's oil
wealth. Officials say there will be greater coordination among the military,
police and other security agencies to provide a more effective security blanket
in the state.
David Iyofor is Media Consultant to Gov. Amaechi.He
says the latest kidnappings are a source of grave concern to the governor.
can tell you categorically that the kidnappings in giving the governor
sleepless nights. I mean before now the governor has done a lot in collaboration with
security forces to stem this ugly trend and it is really giving the governor
He says the new
security plans will go further than previous efforts because of the implication
of the kidnappings on the state and national economy.
is very very extensive, If you saw the Nigerian newspapers today, you'll
probably see the results of the governor's new move against this
kidnappings. It is very extensive, the
governor is discussing extensively and widely.
On Wednesday he had meetings, that was the night after Mrs. Daukuro was
kidnapped and the research commissioner
was kidnapped. He held marathon meeting with all the security agencies in Rivers State. He
held one earlier with the police, the commissioner was there were a couple of
A-I-G's were there and a couple of other senior officers early in the day and later at night , there
was an enlarged meeting with all the security agents . Yesterday, he continued with the meetings. I know the
governor is determined, very determined to work and support the security
agencies to put this ugly trend of kidnappings to an end".
Iyofor says the government will
continue its policy of not negotiating with kidnappers. "The
policy still stands because they are criminals. Kidnapping is not part of the
Niger Delta story; it has nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle. Who are
this people kidnapping? They are kidnapping Niger Delta indigenes, Mrs. Dakouru
is a Niger Delta indigene, so what has that got to do with the struggle. What
is happening is criminal and if you
have notice, the kidnapping has even gone beyond the Niger Delta".