Reps summons Service Chiefs, IGP over Kaduna kidnappings

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Mashal Sadique Abubakar and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahom Idris have been summoned to appear before a joint Committee of the House of Representatives over the recurring incidence of kidnappings in Kaduna State.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion by Yakubu Barde (PDP, Kaduna), who drew the attention of the House to the need to arrest the spate of kidnapping in Chikum/Kajuru Federal constituency of Kaduna state.

He said: “Despite the efforts being made by security agencies to curb the menace of kidnapping, coupled with the ongoing legislative process by the National Assembly to enact laws that will checkmate the menace, the spate of kidnapping incidents is still on the rise and has even become a daily occurrence in most part of the country.

“The activities of those criminal syndicates have assumed a wider dimension in and around communities in Chikum/Kajuru federal constituency and have impacted adversely on the socio-economic lives of the people as they can no longer move freely to transact their legitimate businesses for fear of being kidnapped.

“On Friday, 2 June, 2017, one Mrs Sara Amos, her son, Jesse and a family member, Mr Isaac Michael were kidnapped in Kagurdna-Kakau community and in their escape bid with the victims, the kidnappers killers member of the locks vigilante team named Yakubu Adamu and are now demanding for the sum of 20 million naira as ransom for their release.

“Other incidents of kidnapping of several other people, some of whom were released after ransom was allegedly paid while others are still being held in expectation of ransom.

“It is however of concern that the activities of the kidnappers are becoming nightmarish for the people who can no longer go to their farms freely, with the obvious consequences of shortage of food that will result in hunger and untold hardship”.

In its resolution, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) and the IGP were urged to set up a joint task force to comb the affected areas with the view to apprehend and ensure prosecution of the criminals.

The resolution was passed after a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

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