Dr. Uduaghan who stated this while introducing Nigeria internationals, Mikel Obi of Chelsea FC and Christian Obodo of Lecce FC, a second division club in Italy to stakeholders in the Agricultural Sector during a Town Hall meeting in Asaba.
Governor Uduaghan who advised Deltans not to pay ransom on kidnap victims appealed to those involved in the act to discontinue with the criminal activity while calling on Deltans to co-operate with security agencies by furnishing them with adequate information.
According to him, “Obodo was a victim of youth kidnap… we did not pay any ransom for his release. The government has made several efforts to clamp down on kidnappers. If you know them tell them to leave this state, it will no longer be conducive for them to operate”, he stated.
In a brief response, Mr. Christian Obodo thanked God for his release and appreciated Delta State government and security operatives for the effort made in effecting his release.
He also commended Deltans for their prayers for him during the period of his kidnap especially his church members and promised to be more committed to the service Of God. Mr. Obodo advised youths in the state to fully embrace the empowerment programs of the state government and be productive rather than involving in criminal activities.