29-04-2019 /2019-04-26/Insecurity: Senate summons IG over killings, kidnappings, banditry
Insecurity: Senate summons IG over killings, kidnappings, banditry
...lists jailed Dariye as co-sponsor of Shehu Sani's motion
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
the Senate has invited the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Adamu Mohammed, to appear before it "next week" to explain the rising incidence of insecurity across the country.
At the plenary on Thursday, the upper chamber of the National Assembly considered and adopted a motion entitled, 'Senseless Killing of a Briton and the Abduction of Three Others in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State by Armed Bandits.'
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, sponsored the motion together with 107 other lawmakers, including Senator Joshua Dariye, who is in jail.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had prosecuted Dariye for fraud committed while he was the governor of Plateau State.
Dariye was 89th on the list of co-sponsors of the motion.
Unanimously adopting the motion, the lawmakers resolved to observe a minute silence in honour of the departed souls and urged security authorities to intensify the search for the perpetrators and bring them to book.
The Senate also urged the Federal Government to set up an inter-agency task force to tackle cases of banditry and kidnapping in Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger states and urged security agencies to give special security cover to foreign workers and tourists.
Other resolutions were to "urge telecommunications companies to provide security agencies with information in areas where there are kidnappings; send a delegation to the British embassy and condole with the British government."
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, made an additional prayer to invite the police boss to appear before the lawmaker to speak on the spate of killings, kidnappings and banditry in the country.
The prayer was unanimously granted.
Moving the motion, Sani condemned the attack on a holiday resort in the Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the killing of a 29-year-old Briton, Faye Mooney, and a Nigerian, Mr Mathew Oguche, and the abduction of three others on April 19, 2019.
He said, "The Senate notes with sympathy and total dismay, the wave and spate of armed banditry and kidnappings in most parts of the country, from the North, South, East and Western parts of the country without a formidable and technological approach to fighting the heinous crimes.
"In recent times, the attacks on individuals, houses and villages have become one too many, and there is no single person that has been brought to book as a result of the wanton killings; and the so-much-emphasised efforts at combating the crime is not yielding fruitful results.
"The Senate is more worried due to the fact that perpetrators of these heinous activities tend to be gaining more courage to perpetuate their dastardly acts without fear of confrontation due to their acclaimed superior fire power."
Sani recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, earlier in the year, had ordered senior security chiefs to curb kidnappings in the region when four western tourists - two Americans and two Canadians - were abducted in Kaduna in an ambush in January that left two of their police escorts dead.
The lawmaker warned that the recurrence of "this banditry where foreigners and tourists are involved may put Nigeria's diplomatic relationship on the line, thereby raising red flag to other tourists who may wish to visit Nigeria."
Sani said, "The northern part of Nigeria has become a theatre of killings and kidnappings, especially in states like Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger. Kajuru in Kaduna State is notorious for killings and kidnappings.
"Worthy of concern also is the spate of killings and kidnappings that have found base in Zamfara and Niger states. In the Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, over 20 housewives were kidnapped; and areas such as Kushaka, Kurebe, Pandogari, Gidigori, Kusherki, Koregi, and Alawa, Kwaki, Bataro, Chikuba, Shafa, Kauri, Zazzaga in Rafi Local Government Area are under serious siege by kidnappers."
He added, "Other areas under siege include Kakangi, Gayam, Dan Canji, Maganda, Dawari and Kazage. Distinguished colleagues, you will be astonished to hear that the kidnappers had the audacity to write and warn the member representing Birnin Gwari/Giwa in the House of Representatives, Hon. Hassan Adamu Shekara, warning him of his activities, thereby forcing him to evacuate his family from the area.
"Distinguished colleagues, as I present this motion, negotiation is ongoing to pay ransom for the abductees of the Kajuru incident. The abductors had earlier demanded N60m as ransom."
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