Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the kidnapping of a Catholic Priest, Father Emmanuel Akingbade in Ido-Ekiti as a challenge to the state, with assurance that efforts were on to get him freed.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Idowu Adelusi said the governor, in a broadcast noted that plans were underway to rid the state of kidnappers, saying he had spoken with the police and the SSS to be proactive in getting the kidnapped father released.
Fayose who emphasized that the modalities of dealing with kidnapping was different from other criminal activities, appealed to the people of the state to shun staging protests, saying all hands must be on deck to ensure prevalent peace in the state. He confirmed that the kidnappers earlier arrested were still in the police nets, saying the rest of the kidnappers will be apprehended as soon as possible.
According to him, the issue of kidnap goes beyond political matters, with a call to everyone irrespective of party affiliations to team up with the government to deal with the kidnap menace in the state. He promised to give the sum of N2 million to anyone that could provide useful information that could lead to the arrest of the kidnappers. The state helmsman notified people of the state of the necessity of police checking vehicles at strategic points across the state, with an appeal to residents to bear with whatever inconveniences the action may cause.