A’Ibom Warns Against Kidnapping Ahead PDP Summit
The PDP stakeholders’ summit to mark the 10th Anniversary celebration of the ruling party began in Uyo on Thursday, with the assurance from the state government that lives of President Yar’Adua, and other top dignitaries of the party due for the summit were very safe. The assurance is coming on the heels of warning to youths in the state to conduct themselves properly as no case of misbehaviour would be tolerated during the period of the summit. National Chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, was scheduled to arrive the state on Thursday for crucial deliberations on the achievements of the party within the last ten years of its existence.
The Akwa Ibom governor noted that the choice of Akwa Ibom state for the summit underscored the importance the ruling party attached to the contributions of the Niger Delta region to overall development of the country. He said that there was no cause for alarm as adequate security measures were taken to ensure the safety of the dignitaries expected at the summit in which a former minister, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, would present a lecture on the role of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in good governance in the present democratic era.
Addressing newsmen on the security preparation, Chief Akpabio who expressed satisfaction with efforts of the security agents in combating crime in the state, disclosed that the state security outfit, ‘Operation Aduma’, has smashed a leading kidnapping gang in the state, with 29 suspects in the police net currently awaiting prosecution. According to the governor, the kingpin whose name was not disclosed had made useful confession to the police on his nefarious activities, including, the kidnapping of 6 Russian employees of UC RUSAL ALSCON, and the kidnapping of Mobil staff at Eket.
The kingpin who operates from Warri and Port Harcourt and who was arrested on returning from a gang operation in the state, was quoted to have confessed that his arrest was an ‘Act of God’. He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party in the last 10 years had done well to move the country forward. Niger Delta STANDARD gathered that among over 500 delegates expected at the summit included Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, state governors, national executive members of the Peoples Democratic Party, members of the board of trustees of the party.