The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Operations, Sotonye Wakama, has described recent kidnappings in the southern and eastern part of the nation as regrettable.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on the kidnap of a Delta monarch, which eventually led to his death, the DIG cautioned against movement without security guards which became an advantage to the kidnappers.
Speaking on the recent kidnap of another monarch in Delta State, Mr Wakama said the Police has started investigation into the incident with intelligence reports.
He expressed optimism that the Police will resolve the issue in “two or three days time”.
The DIG also disclosed that measures have been put in place to protect traditional rulers.
Mr Wakama pointed out that the choice of traditional rulers as target of kidnap could be because of the likelihood of getting a ransom.
“That it’s being targeted at traditional rulers at this moment is probably because in the mindset of these people, they feel that once a traditional ruler is kidnapped, there is a greater likelihood of getting ransom from such a high profile personality,” the DIG said.
Wakama advised people not to pay kidnappers ransom for the release of the kidnapped, saying “the best practice is not to pay”.