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Reps meet COAS, IGP over increasing incidents of kidnapping

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja,
19 July 2016   |   3:36 am
In order to find ways towards ensuring better security of lives and properties in the polity, the House of Representatives Committee on Army yesterday held a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai PHOTO: NAN

Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai PHOTO: NAN

In order to find ways towards ensuring better security of lives and properties in the polity, the House of Representatives Committee on Army yesterday held a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Members of the Mr Shawulu Kwewum-led committee also met with the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and some other security operatives on the high level of insecurity in the country.

During the closed-door parley which lasted for about four hours, issues relating to the spate of insecurity of lives and property in Abia state, the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja, and other state capitals across the country were deliberated upon.

Chairman of the House Committee Shawulu Kwewum, who spoke with reporters at the end of the parley particularly lamented the incessant cases of kidnapping and killings in Aba, Abia state.

Decrying the ugly situation, he said: “Abia state as one of the original nine oil producing states is naturally affected by some of the challenges facing the oil bearing states. Even though at the town hall meeting, several groups and individuals told the committee that at least five persons are kidnapped everyday in Aba, records of the Nigerian Police force as made available to the committee in Umaga show there were five incidents in January 2016 and thre recorded in February 2016.

Also in March 2016, four incidents were recorded in which three were rescued while one died.In April , there was one incident while two occurred in May 2016.

“Even one kidnapping in one location is not acceptable and therefore all hands must be on deck to ensure that this menace is wiped out. Of course, this is most urgent because kidnapping has become widespread and even the Federal Capital Territory is not safe.

“This meeting has become very important because the technology developed to make life easy for Nigerians is now being used to facilitate the extortion that goes with kidnapping.”

At the meeting in which the COAS was represented by Col. Nonye Ebulue it was acknowledged that in recent times, kidnapping across the country has assumed dangerous dimension as perpetuators demand ransom in broad day light.

The IGP, represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Joshak Habila explained that ongoing collaboration among security agencies will help in ridding the country of criminality adding that the police will not leave any stone unturned its resolve to ensure that the entire country is secured.