End killings, kidnappings across Nigeria, Reps urge police, DSS, others

The House of Representatives has urged security agencies in Nigeria to end the killings and kidnappings going on across the country.

At the plenary on Tuesday, the lawmaker representing Nnewi-North/Nnewi-South Federal Constituency in Anambra State at the House, Chris Azubogu, moved a motion of urgent public importance on the matter.

The motion was titled, ‘Urgent Need to Look into Cases of Unresolved Kidnappings/Insecurity in the South-East/Anambra.’

Azubogu said, “The House notes that there have been a lot of cases of missing persons in the South-East and in Anambra State in particular. Amongst other crimes recorded during the period was the kidnap of one Mr Obiora Agbasimalo, candidate of the Labour Party for the Anambra governorship election. He was kidnapped on the 18th of September, 2021, in Anambra State.

“The House also observes that about five engineers working with Melan Consultants in Effium Ebonyi State were also kidnapped since 3rd November 2021, and nothing has also been heard till date. These, with numerous other unresolved cases, create a high level of sense of insecurity in the South-East.

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“The House is concerned that till today, many weeks after and still counting, nothing has been heard about most of these cases. These persons have families and loved ones who are already broken and left in perpetual agony.

“The House is worried that if nothing tangible is done to at least provide hope for these families, we might end up losing them too.”

In adopting the motion, the House unanimously granted the prayer, urging security agencies – the Department of State Services, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps – “to quickly get to the root of these unresolved cases across the country.”

The House also mandated its relevant committees to work with the security agencies and report back within six weeks.

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