PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERS LEAGUE (PILL)
WE CONDEMN THE KIDNAP OF MRS PRISCILLA CHINDA, MOTHER OF OUR FORMER PRESIDENT AND MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND FOR HER IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!
Last weekend, Mrs Priscilla Chinda, mother of the immediate past president of the Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL) and currently member of the House of Representatives representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency of Rivers state, Honourable Kingsley Ogundu Chinda, was kidnapped in Port Harcourt by armed persons who have since made ransom demands.
Doubtless, the kidnap of Mrs Chinda, coming at the heels of kidnap cases reported by the national media, adds to our damning statistics. And considering what has gone on before in Rivers state, we fear that the kidnap of Mrs Chinda may not be unconnected to the Rivers crisis. Lest we forget, Honourable Kingsley Chinda, an ardent supporter of Nyesom Wike, who is currently locked in battle with the Governor Rotimi Amaechi, has consistently opposed the suspension of the elected executives of Obio/Akpor local government council.
While no tangible connection can be made between the Rivers crisis and the kidnap of Mrs Chinda, such evil can’t be put beyond desperate politicians who would stop at nothing in order to deal mortal blows on real and imaginary political enemies. Or simply get an upper hand over their political rivals.
This is to the kidnappers and the security agencies. We demand they do what is right: release forthwith Mrs Chinda to the embraces of her children. Whilst we condemn the criminal act of kidnap, we call on the security agencies to ensure the swift and safe return of Mrs Chinda to her anxious family.
21st August 2013
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