By Sunday Okobi
The Delta State Government has denied any involvement in the kidnap of a serving judge in the state and threat to kidnap other judges.
A female activist, Chief Rita-Lori Ogbebor, had last week alleged that the state government was behind the kidnap of the judge.
In a statement made available to THISDAY last night, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, urged Ogbebor to aid the police in the fight against kidnapping by reporting to the security agencies any person she knows that is involved in this heinous crime of kidnap.
He said it was true that the Okere community and the state government have an ongoing case at the Warri High Court in connection instituted by the community over a piece of land in the GRA in Warri which had been in possession of the government, but that Ogbebor did not understand the status and nature of the case in court.
He said if she had taken time to seek government’s side of the story, her view would have been better informed.
Ogeah said the government was collaborating with security agencies and providing them with requisite operational tools to enable them effectively combat kidnapping.
He noted that the police have been charged to arrest all persons directly or remotely connected with the kidnap as the governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State, is committed to protecting all citizens of the state, including judges
“The Delta State Government has never interfered in any judicial proceeding even when it is a party and never will.
“Contrary to what Ogbebor was quoted as saying, the suit where the presiding judge was threatened with kidnap had not reached judgment stage and the Delta State Government had raised objections to the competence of the plaintiff to institute the action”.