The Senate has invited Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), for a meeting to proffer solutions over the incessant rise in killings and kidnappings across Nigeria.
What especially led to the invitation of the IGP by the legislators is as a result of the killing of a Briton and kidnap of three others by armed robbers in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State.
Ms Faye Mooney, the Britton who was killed last week, was an aid worker, and was killed in Kajuru Castle, a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State.
The armed robbers also killed Matthew Oguche, a Nigerian training assistant working with the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO), kidnapping three other people at the same time.
Leading the motion was Shehu Sani, a Senator who represents the Kaduna Central Senatorial District. In his debate, Mr Sani said that with recent attacks on individuals, houses, and villages, no suspect has been prosecuted for the crimes.
The President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria expressed worry regarding how the bandits are becoming more courageous to commits their crimes because of superior firepower.
He also mentioned that as Kajuru and Kaduna State are currently under siege, the northern part of Nigeria is gradually becoming a theatre of kidnappings and killings.
Responding to the situation, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the recent case is definitely not the first time a non-Nigerian was kidnapped in the country.
He remarked that if nothing is done to the recent cases, Nigeria will continue to lose its credibility and image as a country.
“This nation’s security has been breached. Tourists who have plans of coming to Nigeria will now think twice before coming. And this is affecting our economy.
“It is important to take this issue seriously in order to protect our national image. Even if it means declaring a state of emergency in affected states, so be it,” he said.
Also reacting, Andrew Uchendu, while condemning the act, blamed it on the idleness of the Nigerian youth, and that their energy needs to be expended into something useful.
“The truth is these things keep happening because the youth are idle
Mr Ekweremadu further suggested that the senate invites the IGP, so as to profer a lasting solution to the problem.
“Mr President, since we now have a new IGP – as the other one was uninterested in talking to us, let us invite him to give a holistic view of the state of kidnapping across the country with a view to finding a lasting solution,” he said.
The suggested was seconded and unanimously adopted by the Senate. The Senate also decided to encourage security agencies to deploy drones and interceptors in tracking kidnappers across the country.
The Senate equally resolved to speed up the process of passing of the Police Reform and the Police Trust Fund Bills into law.
The Senate also urged telecommunications companies to provide information to security agencies in areas where there are kidnappings happen.
Equally urging security agencies to give special security cover to foreign workers and tourists. They also encouraged all community leaders, traditional rulers and all major stakeholders to co-operate with security agencies in the actualization of these plans.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, hoped that the IGP would cooperate with the senate, as well as other security agencies.
He remarked that with the passage of the Police Reform and the Police Trust Fund Bills, it further proofs that the Senate is ready to work with the police to put an end to this menace.