Senator Douye Diri, the Bayelsa State Governor, has issued a warning to those who abducted Mr. Mike Ogiasa.
Ogiasa is the former Commissioner for Special Duties (Federal Projects) in the state and cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Diri vowed that the abductors would face the wrath of the law.
Speaking during the 17th state Security Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, Diri assured that the state government was working to ensure Mr. Ogiasa regains freedom.
Diri, who condemned the kidnapping of the former commissioner, stressed that his administration had zero tolerance for crime and criminality and all those involved in the kidnap will not go scot-free.
Spokesman to Governor Diri, Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that the people of the state and the Ijaw nation at large were known for honesty, truth, and hard work and wondered why some youths allowed themselves to be used as agents of criminality.
He cautioned youths against involvement in crime, stating that it is an ill wind that blows no one any good.
He urged them to seek legitimate means of making money rather than resorting to crime, stressing that the government had the capacity to deal with perpetrators.
He called on the people to support the government’s efforts to secure the state by availing relevant security agencies of the necessary information as the government alone cannot successfully tackle insecurity.
He said: “Let no youth be used to terrorize our brothers and sisters. Recently, a video clip of a kidnapped former commissioner has been in circulation. Unfortunately, people take pleasure in using it to give a negative connotation and image of our state.
“The government is not sleeping on that matter. We are working on it and by God’s grace, we believe and hope that the victim will come out alive.