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Kidnapping: Senate Advocates Collective Security Effort

  • Summons IGP balla ibn nallah

The spate of kidnapping, hostage taking and other vices in Nigeria today came to the fore with condemnation by the Nigerian senate who summoned the IGP Solomon Arase for a briefing on its activities targeted at resolving the nation's security challenges while urging Nigerians to see security as a collective responsibility.

Contributing to the Bill, deputy senate leader, Bala Ibn Na Allah who anecdotally fictioned the destruction of 3 neighbouring villages due to their apathetic relationship with one another in the face of disaster remindedl Nigerians that there is an immediate need to frontally and collectively confront the evil of insecurity rather than sectionalising and sensationalising it; calling for a review of the nation's security structure, noting the multiplicity of security Forces in Nigeria without commensurate impact on checking crime.

The bill, standing in the name of senator Andy Uba, alerted Nigerians to the grim realities of a nation riddled with kidnapping and hostage takings which had become lucrative and legitimate business venture for unemployed youths, politically aggrieved persons and greedy individuals who demand astronomical ransoms. It called on government not to neglect section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which states inter alia,'...the security and welfare of the citizens shall be the primary responsibility of government...'

The Senate was deeply concerned by the worrisome rate of insecurity in the country that was threatning and undermining the nation's counter terrorism efforts in North East Nigeria; acknowledged the contributions of Nigerias security agencies at securing kidnapped hostages and called for improvement and equipment of the police and other agencies with modern policing tools.
The senate urged traditional and religious institutions to participate more actively in National security initiatives while resolving to expeditiously review extant laws on kidnapping with a view to imposing stiffer penalties.

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