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The 'emotional' story kidnappers told Wazobia OAP, Akas, while in their den

Port Harcourt-based radio presenter,  Anthony Akatakpo 


"The kidnappers blamed the government for their involvement in kidnapping.  They said if government had created job opportunities, they would not have been involved in crime. Those that kidnapped me are all unemployed graduates from the Niger-Delta.
They said the entire Niger-Delta region had no company that could provide them with jobs, but they had established private companies on their own and their guns were the tools. They said as long as the situation did not change, they were prepared to use the weapons to make a living for themselves.
Government must begin to take the creation of jobs for the youth seriously."

For seven days, Port Harcourt-based radio presenter Anthony Akatakpo, popularly known as Diplomatic Akas Baba, was the unwilling ‘guest’ of a band of kidnappers that stormed his home about two weeks ago.

Not only did Akatakpo’s abductors shoot him in the leg before taking him away, they threatened to kill him if his wife failed to pay them a ransom of N10m. But thankfully, Akas Baba was eventually released by his abductors although they did not get the money as demanded.



Recounting his ordeal in the kidnappers den, Akas in a chat with Punch, said his abductors kept him blindfolded in an uncompleted building located inside a forest and fed him only fufu, bread and water. 


 “My ordeal in the kidnappers’ den is not what I wish anybody to experience. It was not a good experience. They have a doctor. The first day they took me there, they gave me first aid. I was relieved to discover that no bullet lodged in my leg. They did something to reduce the pain I felt and to avoid decay.”

"The two men that kept watch on me were friendly. Each time I wanted to visit the toilet, they allowed me to go without much fuss. But I had to obtain permission from them first. I was scared that if I did not do that, they might do something bad to me. Even if I wanted to sneeze or cough, I had to take permission from them or they would misinterpret my action as an attempt to send signals to rescuers lurking around the hide-out.

They apologized for shooting me in the leg. They begged me to forgive them from the depth of my heart and asked me to tell my wife to also forgive them for what they did to us. They confessed that what they did was uncalled for. I have forgiven them. Only God can judge them.

“My advice to government is that it should take the issue of job creation seriously. The youths are not smiling. They (unemployed youths) are bitter and they are angry. They told me that it is always very painful when somebody spends many years in school, including university, and fails to get a reasonable job in the end.

The kidnappers blamed the government for their involvement in kidnapping.  They said if government had created job opportunities, they would not have been involved in crime. Those that kidnapped me are all unemployed graduates from the Niger-Delta.

 They said the entire Niger-Delta region had no company that could provide them with jobs, but they had established private companies on their own and their guns were the tools. They said as long as the situation did not change, they were prepared to use the weapons to make a living for themselves.
Government must begin to take the creation of jobs for the youth seriously. 

Apart from reducing crime to a manageable level, job creation will reduce the stress that security agents have to undergo to protect lives and property. The government should also look at the rural areas and build industries there so that the youth living around such places can be employed. That will reduce the incidence of kidnapping in Nigeria.”

8 comments:

  1. They said d truth

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    1. What is the truth really? Nigerians need to stop blaming d federak govt for their problems, lets start something!!! Charles Novia d oda day talked about farming and he hit nail on d end. Not everyone needs to do a white collar job

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    2. U v a pt but in all fairness, the govt has their fault#bigger fault#m not doing a white collar but I can tell u d blue collar job isn't as easy as u think as well.Moreova, pple v diff passion towards work#either career or biz#
      In d case of farming u mentioned, where is is the land to farm?too many things involved .
      Another sceneraio, can u see the case of immigratio exam#the crowd is massive, let assume 50percent has a job or want to change their job# the rem 50 percent still shows many youths r suffering....

      However me and u prob don't see those challenges bcos our parents assisted us to get on ur foot. What abt pple who don't. I expect u pple to be pratical when giving. Analysis

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  2. Its good that his safe. Thank God for his life

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  3. Everyone keeps blaming the FG. Cant they all start their own businesses or learn a trade. Must everyone work for d govt.

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  4. Some people will even say govt should come feed them in there house or bath them lol, yoruba adage goes thus: d hand of a human being can never decieve him. there r better ways of making oursleves useful positively let not depend on govt again

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  5. Its unfortunate what happened to akas,its true the rate of unemployed youths escalate by the day,but it has become appalling for kidnapers n robbers to keep blaming govt for being evil.its greediness and wickedness dat strive them to such acts.are they d only unemployed?they are plain lazy.if u give such pple 100k to start up a biz,they will look down on the money with spite.evil runs in their dna.chances are even if govt is to offer them a job,they wud defraud whichever establishment they work with cos they cant help it.only God can touch their hearts n make them change,not fed govt.

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