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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
creation of jobs for the youth seriously.
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