- Senator Dino Melaye has asked the National Assembly to look at the issue of kidnapping in the country
- The Kogi lawmaker called on security operatives to take issue of security important
- On his part, the Senate president urged the police to use new ways to tackle insecurity
Senator Dino Melaye has raised alarm over the growing spate of kidnapping in the country particularly along Abuja-Lokoja expressway.
Premium Times reports that the lawmaker representing Kogi West raised a point of order on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, October 2.
Melaye noted that the road was important to its users in the north and the south but with the rise in kidnapping, enough attention has not been given to it.
The lawmaker recalled the case of kidnapping around Aseni and Omoko villages where it was reported that eight people were abducted.
Melaye describe the kidnapping as traditional and ritualistic and said the lives of every Nigerian matters.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who is the Senate minority leader wondered how the problem can be solved as kidnapping has become a big problem.
He said: “As I stand before you, I don’t know. Most of us still don’t use the Abuja-Kaduna road because of insecurity. This means we have yielded to the bandits. Some state governments have even gone to negotiate with the bandits. We are in a big and difficult situation.”
The lawmaker called on the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, to step up their responsibility of protecting lives and properties.
The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, in his reaction called for a new approach in combating insecurity and kidnapping.
He called on the “Senate committees on Communication and Security to liaise with the respective ministries to work and ensure something is done to end insecurity.
“We need to give the security agencies more funds but it is not enough to give more funds, we must insist on accountability. We must see how they use the money.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said that Nigeria has the lowest rate of kidnapping, armed banditry and other related crimes in the world, adding that some external detractors are blowing insecurity in the country out of proportion.
Omo-Agege made the statement during a stakeholders’ national discourse on security and economic development in Abuja on Tuesday, October 1.
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