The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have raised concern over the increasing wave of kidnapping and assassination in the state.
In separate statements issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, the parties also condemned the abduction of Wazobia Cool Fm Presenter and on-air personality, Mr. Anthony Akatakpo, popularly known as Akas Baba, last Thursday and called for his unconditional and immediate release.
The state Chairman of PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, in the statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr. Jerry Needam, said the party was worried about the rising cases of crime in the state and appealed to the police to take necessary steps to check the trend.
Obuah described Akas Baba as a grand provider of the essentials of happiness by lightening the general mood of the society and said he deserved encouragement and appreciation and not ill-treatment.
He appealed to the abductors of the comedian to release him unconditionally and save the already traumatised family further agony.
Obuah also appealed to the youths in the state to desist from criminal acts that were capable of destroying the image and the economic prospects of the State.
The APC, in its own statement, described as condemnable and unacceptable, the recent upsurge in assassination and kidnapping in the State.
The statement issued by the interim State Chairman of APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, said, â€œThis upsurge started with assassination of an APC Councillor and kidnapping of three PDP chieftains. With the kidnapping of popular on-air personality with Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt, Mr. Anthony Akatakpo, famously called Akas Baba, after his home was attacked in the early hours of Thursday, March 13, 2014, the situation appears to be getting out of hand and is becoming too much for us to condone.â€
Ikanya said the party was aware of efforts of the State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, to check crime in the state and said the rise coincided with the crisis in the PDP that led to the defection of Amaechi to APC and attempts by the PDP to destabilise the state.
He said, â€œWe strongly condemn this upsurge in crime and wish to urge the new Commissioner of Police, CP Tunde Ogunsakin, to see this as a challenge that must be met. We suspect that this new wave of insecurity is being sponsored by the promoters of the redeployed controversial CP Joseph Mbu in order to justify their failed campaign for the elongation of his evil stay in Rivers on the argument that during his stay we were not witnessing any assassination or kidnapping. We have strong faith in the capability of CP Ogunsakin to rise to the occasion and restore state-wide security if his antecedents are anything to go by.
â€œFinally, we demand the immediate release of Akas Baba because this man has done much to ease tension among our people under the strangulating economic woes arising from the poor management of our economy.
â€œThis request for the immediate release of Akas Baba becomes imperative to enable him to be treated for the injury he sustained in the course of this unfortunate kidnapping.
We learnt that he was beaten and shot in the leg by the kidnappers in the presence of his children and wife, despite cooperating with his attackers.
He was thereafter whisked away in his Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV with Registration Number LSD 871 CM. This very violent act still leaves Akas Babaâ€™s family in great trauma.â€