Police confirm kidnap of Edo PDP Chairman, Aziegbemi

We’re working with security agencies to free PDP Chairman — Edo govt

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The Edo government says it is working with security agencies to secure the release of Dr Tony Aziebgemi, state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), currently in the hands of abductors.

Communication and orientation commissioner, Chris Nehikhare, in a statement in Benin on Saturday, said that the government had stepped up surveillance and was collaborating with security agencies for the safe release of the kidnapped victim.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aziegbemi was kidnapped close to his GRA residence on Friday night while returning from a meeting with Gov. Godwin Obaseki at the Government House.

“We have also increased surveillance and beefed-up security measures across the state to ensure that these criminal activities are quelled and culprits are brought to justice.

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“We encourage residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear and urge them to call the state emergency numbers 112 or 739 to report all suspicious persons or activities within their environs,” he said.

Nehikhare reassured the public of the government’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of Edo residents.

He said the government would spare no resource in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act were apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Similarly, the Police Command in Edo had said that its operatives were collaborating with the local security network to rescue the victim unhurt.

The command, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said its Commissioner, Funsho Adegboye, received the report of the incident “with shock”.

“The Commissioner has given a marching order to the tactical team leaders to conduct a rescue operation in collaboration with local vigilance groups and hunters,” he said.

The command’s spokesman quoted the commissioner as soliciting the cooperation of Edo citizens, urging them to give information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators and the rescue of the victim.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo has condemned the abduction in a statement issued by its state acting chairman, Jarret Tenabe.

In the statement, APC attributed the development to the lack of strong security architecture in the state.

“The kidnap is a wake-up call on the Governor Obaseki-led administration. It shows that all is not well in terms of securing the state, which is the primary responsibility of the government.

“The APC, Edo State Chapter, uses this medium to demand the immediate and unconditional release of the PDP chairman,” it read.

The party, however, called on state security agencies to leave no stone unturned in the quest to ensure his release unhurt. 

(NAN)


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