Kidnapping: Rivers Police Begins Sensitization Campaign

Tunde-Ogunsakin-600x330The Rivers State Po­lice Command has reiterated its resolve to put an end to kidnapping in the state as it launches a “Stop kidnap­ping” campaign on Friday (tomorrow).

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogun­sakin, disclosed this yesterday while briefing journalists in Port Harcourt.

Ogunsakin said the com­mand had reduced the rate of abduction in the state, adding that the number of rescued victims had been overwhelming. He, however, expressed sadness at reported cases of kidnap, stressing that the crime must be nipped in the bud.

“The number of arrest we made and the number of vic­tims we have even rescued were overwhelming. Kid­napping is too bad, we don’t want a situation where any­body would be kidnapped. That is why we want to sen­sitise the people that kidnap­ping should stop.

“We want to ensure that kidnapping is stopped in Rivers State. We are not happy with all these cases of kidnap. People should be able to do their work freely without any hindrance”, he said.

The police boss also ad­vised members of the pub­lic to be wary of those they employ as house helps, citing a particular incident where a house­boy arranged for the abduc­tion of his boss. He said after rescuing the victim and the boy’s account was examined, millions of naira were found.

He advised: “Before you employ a houseboy, check the background very well”, adding that most kidnap cas­es were successful because of insider information.

Ogunsakin said the command had put security mechanisms in place, including the provi­sion of a dedicated telephone number to police stations in the state.

He explained that the dedi­cated number was to ensure that distress calls were re­sponded to promptly by the police, before the criminals would leave the scene.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *