Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has announced the deposition of the of the paramount ruler of Otuokpoti Community, Chief A.C.T Wongo, over complicity in the kidnap of the State’s Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr Federal Otokito.
The Governor who stated this when the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ben Nebolisa, and the State Director of the State Security Services, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, presented Mr Otokito to Governor Douye Diri after his release on Monday evening at Government House, Yenagoa, thereafter appointed Chief Rescue Abe in acting capacity.
Diri also announced the sacking of the Community’s Development Committee (CDC) Chairman, Azibalua Amon and replaced him with Jerry Offor in acting capacity while the youth president, Emolem Igue was also removed and replaced with Shedrach Afiemo.
Governor Diri, however, warned all those who see kidnapping as a business to desist as his government will not hesitate to invoke the extant laws and make the state uncomfortable for criminal elements.
He called on all community leaders to remain vigilant and ensure that peace prevailed in their communities as the government will not hesitate to sanction anyone found wanting in the discharge of their duties.
Governor Diri, who said preliminary investigation revealed that illegal refining of crude was connected to the kidnap, warned all those involved in such business in the state to stop forthwith.
He said: “I like to thank God that a member of the state exco who was kidnapped is now here with us.
“I like to also thank the security agencies and all other sources that helped in securing the release of the commissioner
“Investigation is still ongoing. So we appeal to all in Otuokpoti to keep the peace and security agencies will keep an eagle eye on Otuokpoti and environs.
“Bayelsa will not condone crime and criminality. We have zero tolerance for crime. Let this be a warning to all those who have taken that as a way of life that Bayelsa is not a state for them.
“We have anti-kidnapping laws and they will be invoked at all times. As a government, we will do everything to ensure peace for people of the state.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ben Nebolisa, declared Joshua Abi, Clergy Mabinton, Gift Tebeda and Azin Azin wanted in connection with the kidnap.