As mother of information commissioner celebrates her freedom from kidnapers den
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Secretary to Rivers State Government, Mr. Kenneth Kobani yesteday said that the insecurity bedeviling the state was inherited from the previous administration.
Kobani stated this when he represented the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike at the Thanksgiving ceremony of the Octogenarian mother of the Commissioner of Information, Mrs. Patience Tam-George, who was rescued from her abductors after six days in kidnapers den.
Mrs. Patience Tam-George, the mother of Rivers Information Commissioner, yesterday celebrated her freedom from the hands of evil abductors at St. Andrew Anglican Church, George-Ama, Okrika in Okrika Local government of Rivers State.
Speaking at the event, Kobani noted that the killings and kidnappings that were escalating in the state had begun under the watch of the former governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
The state scribe said that Wike had been in the struggle to combat the crime, noting that much money had been invested in getting the menace tackled.
Kobani stated that Wike had zero tolerance for criminality, stressing that with the encouragement the governor was giving security operatives, insecurity would be exterminated.
He said: “We are happy that our mother, Ma Patience Tam-George did not die in the hand of the kidnappers. The issue of security challenges we are facing was inherited, it is not from us. That is why the governor has encouraged the security agencies to fight crime.
“Wike has zero tolerance for crime. The Amnesty programme which is also one of the approaches is to give the cults a second chance.”
Kobani urged clergymen to talk to youths to shun violence, even as he enjoined the people of the state to support the efforts of the government.
Also speaking, the son of the celebrant and the commissioner for information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George said Governor Wike is dealing with the issue of insecurity in Rivers State, adding that the governor created the amnesty programme to tackle insecurity challenges in the state.
He noted that he was able to handle the shock when the news of his mother’s kidnap broke out, stressing that what gave him encouragement was the manner in which governor Wike anxiously responded to the plight of his family.
He called on the youths of Okrika and that Rivers State as a whole, to grasp Governor Wike Amnesty programme, shun violence and support the vision of the Governor which he said is for the progress and development of the state.