– The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on increased kidnapping in Nigeria
– The lawmakers also said that the high rate of kidnapping has risen to a very disturbing level which makes the country unsafe
– They urged that a security summit should be organised
The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping in the country.
Daily Post reports that the House urged the federal government to organize a security conference that will include all the security agencies, all GSM service providers and relevant standing committees of the National Assembly on these issues.
In a motion sponsored by Hon. Babatunde Kolawole representing Akoko southeast/southwest federal constituency of Ondo state on the floor of the lower chamber on Wednesday, the House stressed that in the last 10 years, the rate of kidnapping has increased.
The lawmakers also said that the rate has risen to a very disturbing level which makes the country unsafe.
Hon. Orker Jev Orker representing Buruku federal constituency of Benue state narrated how his mother was kidnapped few years ago and the police could not help.
“Also a week after my mother was released, I got a call from someone who claimed that he was the one who kidnapped my mother.
“I asked him what does he want and he said he wanted us to be friends. I forwarded his phone number to the security agents but nothing was done about it,” he added.
However, Hon. Jagabam Adams Jagabam representing Kachina/Kagarko federal constituency of Kaduna state, recounted a comical story where a man was recently kidnapped in Kaduna state.
“The kidnappers held him for days and since nobody was ready to pay the ransom of N1.5m, they decided to free him on self-recognition but warned him seriously to rally round and bring something for them.
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“The man later sold some of his properties and took the ransom to the kidnappers after some days,” he said.
However, the House also took turn to count the some prominent people who have been kidnapped in recent times.
Some include the foster father of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, 72-year old Inengite Nitabai who was kidnapped in Otuoke February 16th 2016; Margaret Emefile, wife of the CBN governor who was kidnapped on 29th of September 2016 among others.
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