A member of the house of Representatives representing Isuikwuato and Umunneochi Local Government Areas Of Abia State Mr. Amobi Ogar, has appealed to security agencies to curb the incessant incidences of kidnappings in the state.
Briefing the house press corps on a motion he moved on the matter, Mr Ogar said tthe the issue of insecurity is a big challenge in the south east that requires urgent attention by the the federal government.
The lawmaker stated that people in the state are being kidnapped for ransome of as low as fifty thousand naira.
“Kidnaping has become like akara business. To the extent that they now going to peoples homes inside villages to carry them. On the express those ones will carry you and demands for millions of naira. I think it is now a serious issue for me to move on the floor of the House so that Nigerians will hear that my people are passing through a lot”. Mr. Ogar said.
“If the people are not protected, what’s the essence of government? I have called upon the president, the Chief of Army Staff, the IG and other relevant security agencies to come to our aid. So that my can live in peace. As I’m talking to you, a lot of villagers have fled their homes. Even our mothers do not go to farms anymore”. Mr Ogar said.
The lawmaker however said that the state governor was doing a lot, adding that there are plans to form vigilante groups as a part of an Ad-hoc solution to the challenge.
The lawmaker had, during the presentation of the motion at plenary, stressed the need to increase military presence and patrols in the
Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway through Lokpanta, Ihube-Isuochi Road,
Uturu-Okigwe Road, ABSU junction-Akara Road, Uturu-Afikpo Road,
Umuaku-Umunze Road, Awgu-Ishiagu Road and other roads within
Isuikwuato and Umunneochi Local Government Areas in order to restore
normalcy and earn the confidence of citizens carrying as they carry out their
daily business activities;
He also urged also the Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police
and Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil
Defnce Corps to set up a joint patrol team to comb the farmlands
and forests to root out all criminal
elements in the area.