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Kogi Lawmakers Lament As Gunmen Abducts 6 In Yagba East

Six person have been kidnapped in the last three weeks in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The member representing Yagba East in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Emmanuel Obaro disclosed this on Tuesday when he moved a motion of urgent public importance on the floor of the House in Lokoja.

Hon. Obaro, who could not ascertain whether the kidnapped victims have regain their freedom, stated that the issue of kidnapping and armed robbery is gradually spreading in his constituency which is creating a ripple effect that can harm individuals, families and engulf the environment with fear and uncertainty across the various communities in Yagba East Local Government.

“I am aware that in the last three weeks, six different cases of attacks, leading to loss of lives, that are likened to banditry are reported. Other cases of attacks in the form of kidnapping are on the rise. These attacks are affecting businesses already and dissipating the resources of the vulnerable pour victims.

“It is my desire that measures be resolved by this honourable House to address these issues and ensure that people can live their lives without fear of violence and victimization,” he said.

The first time lawmaker called on the state government to investigate the increasing cases of armed theft and kidnapping with a view to identifying individuals involved, their modus operandi and areas of operations, and putting an end to same.

He, however, commended the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for securing the state for more than seven years, praying that, his motion will be given an urgent attention to restore peace in his constituency.

“A passionate plea be conveyed by this august Assembly urging the state government to provide a 24-hour security surveillance on Isanlu to Egbe road, where applicable, military, local hunters or Vigilantes should be involved to eliminate the criminal threats,” he added.

Seconding the motion, the member representing Igalamela/Odolu, Major Enefola, lamented that the resurge of kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery remains a thing of concern for all in the state, stressing that, all hands must be on deck to address this societal menace.

He said “On the 24th of December, 2023, a Reverend father was kidnapped in my local government when he was going to perform his religion obligation. Ransom was paid before he was released. I will like us to speedily invite the head of vigilantes, to know their challenge and see how we can rub minds together to curb the growing spate of armed robbery, kidnapping across the State”.

In his submission, the minority leader and member representing Yagba West, Hon. Idowu Ibikunle, who could not hide emotions following his experience while going to his constituency, said “Whenever I am going to my home land, until I entered my home before my mind will be settle. Within Isanlu and the nearest village, the road is very bad and this men of the under world easily operate. The problem is too much. It needs urgent attention to avert further casualties”.

Ruling on the motion, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aliyu Umar posited that the people of Kogi state are aware of the giant achievement of present administration in term of security.

He charged the House Committee on Security to interface with the newly appointed caretaker chairmen to chart a way forward in addressing the present insecurities across the State.

Meanwhile, a bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the customary court of appeal (Establishment) law, 2008 and other matters connected therewith, as well as a bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the Kogi State area Courts law, 1991 and other matters connected therewith, 2023 and a bill for a law to enact the Kogi State animal disease control and other related matters law 2023 have passed through first reading in the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The House, thereafter, condole with the people of Ondo State over the demise of their former Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.



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