Fri. Dec 3rd, 2021

INSECURITY: Reps’ Urges DSS, Police, Others to End Killings, Kidnappings

Spread the love

The House of Representatives at the plenary yesterday urged the Department of State Services (DSS), Police, Civil Defence and other security agencies to quickly get to the root of all unresolved cases of kidnappings and other crimes across the country.

The lower chamber also mandated its relevant committees to work with the security agencies and report back to the House in six weeks for further legislative action.

The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance, titled, ‘need to look into cases of unresolved kidnap, insecurity in the South-east’, sponsored by Hon. Chris Azubogu.

Moving the motion, Azubogu noted that there have been a lot of cases of missing persons in the South-east and in Anambra State in particular.

The lawmaker, who made reference to one Mr. Obiora Agbasimalo, the candidate of Labour Party for the Anambra governorship election, who was kidnapped on 18th September 2021 in Anambra State, lamented that about five engineers working with Melan Consultants in Effium Ebonyi state were kidnapped since 3rd November, 2021 and nothing has also been heard till date.

According to him, these with numerous other unresolved cases create a high level of sense of insecurity in the Southeast.

He said: “Concerned that till today, many weeks after and still counting, nothing has been heard about most of these cases. Cognisant that these persons have families and loved ones who are already broken and left in perpetual agony.”

He expressed worries that if nothing tangible is done to at least provide hope for these families, the country might end up losing them too.

In a related development, the lawmakers at the plenary while adopting a motion sponsored by Hon. Alex Egbona, also urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali to deploy troops and beef up security to put an end to criminal activities in Abi/Yakurr constituency of Cross River State, in order to forestall further loss of lives and properties.

The House also mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to ensure compliance.

Egbona had while moving the motion noted the increased criminal activities by syndicates who specialise in kidnapping and other forms of militancy around the waterways in the constituency.

He lamented that the incessant abductions and other forms of criminality typify the height of insecurity that has forced prominent indigenes to seek refuge in neighbouring states of Abia, Benue, Ebonyi and Enugu.

While saying that the activities of the criminals have brought untold hardship to the people of the affected communities, he added that the rate of crime in the area have assumed a disturbing dimension with the wanton raid on business outfits and cold-blooded murder of prominent industrialists and economic actors as well as policemen and other security operatives.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: