My constituents being kidnapped for N50,000 – Abia Reps member, Ogar cries out

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By Ogaga Ariemu

Amid raging insecurity in the southeast, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Amobi Ogar, has cried out over the rampant cases of kidnapping, banditry and other violent crimes in his federal constituency of Isuikwuato/Umunneochi, Abia State.

He disclosed this on Thursday while addressing journalists after presenting a motion on the development at plenary.

According to him, kidnapping had been rampant and was “becoming like akara business”, as people’s homes were being invaded to pick persons in demand for ransom as low as N50,000.

He noted that the primary purpose of governance is the security of lives of the people.

The House of Representatives while adopting Amobi’s motion, urged the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to direct the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to intensify checks and other security measures around the Regional Cattle market in Lokpanta along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Uturu-Okigwe Road, Ihube-Isuochi Road, ABSU junction-Akara Road; Uturu-Afikpo Road, Umuaku-Umunze Road and Awgu-Ishiagu Road and environs.

It also urged the Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police and Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to set up a joint patrol team to comb the farmland and forests to root out kidnappers, bandits and all criminal elements in all parts of Isuikwuato and Umunneochi Local Government Areas of Abia State.

The House mandated an Ad-Hoc Committee when constituted, to interface with the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector-General of Police and the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to determine measures aimed at reducing the constant attacks by kidnappers, assassins and bandits in the area.

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