Kuku Appeals to Ozekhome’s Abductors

ozekhomeSpecial to the President on Niger Delta, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has condemned in strong terms the of legal luminary and human right activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and passionately appealed to his abductors for his unconditional release.
The presidential , who was out of the country on official engagement when Ozekhome was seized along the Benin–Auchi road, expressed shock over the incident, which he described as unthinkable, barbaric and a grievous sin against God and humanity.
He noted that besides his laudable contribution to the development of the nation’s judiciary, Ozekhome had through his unrelenting advocacy for equity, justice, fairness and good governance remained in the frontline of collective efforts at transforming the lives of the poor and downtrodden.
Expressing concern over the resurgence of kidnapping in some parts of the Niger Delta, particularly in Edo State, Kuku, who is also of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, advised those in kidnapping and other heinous crimes as a means of livelihood to shun criminality and take advantage of the various youth empowerment, development and employment initiatives the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan .
He said while the Government is fully committed to creating job opportunities for youths in the Niger Delta region and other parts of the country, unemployment was no justification for anyone to engage in brazen acts of crime and criminality, as the full weight of the law take its course.
“Yes, there were agitations in the Niger Delta area that led to the proclamation and implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, which commenced three ago. The result of our to the success of the programme was the drastic reduction in crime and criminality, including kidnapping in the Niger Delta. It is however unfortunate that in recent times there been pockets of such cases in the region. But I am confident the security the capacity to tackle the situation head-on just as I am optimistic that Chief Ozekhome and others currently being held hostage regain their freedom unhurt,” Kuku assured.
While praying for the repose of the souls of the police officers that lost their lives in an attempt to rescue Ozekhome from his abductors, Kuku extended his condolences to the families of the deceased, saying they were patriots who died in active service to their fatherland.

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