Reps urge Nigerian Govt to beef-up security in Kogi over banditry, kidnapping


The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to beef up security in the Yagba axis of Kogi State following the activities bandits and kidnapers in the area.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Leke Abejide (ADC-Kogi) on the floor of the House on Tuesday, NAN reports.

Presenting his motion, the lawmaker stated that violent attacks and kidnappings had been occurring on a weekly basis in the area.

He stated that two individuals were abducted from the residence of a prominent businessman and political figure, leading to the death of one of the victims.

According to him, the area had turned to an epicentre of banditry and kidnapping, with criminals operating on a daily basis, leaving the local populace in a state of constant fear and despair.

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Federal Government to direct urgent attention and concentrated efforts towards the area.

The House urged the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector General of Police to identify and profile each individual living in obscurity within the forests of the Yagba Federal Constituency.

It noted that lots of those living in that forest were non-Nigerians and must be identified for security purposes.

The House further urged the IGP to carry out a comprehensive mop-up of all arms, ammunition, AK-47, cutlasses, and other weapons in the possession of herders and individuals within the constituency.

It stated that there was a need to prohibit the public from carrying such arms and weapons.

The House equally urged the IGP, Director General, DSS and the commandant General, NSCDC to comb Yagba forests and secure immediate release of victims and arrest the kidnappers.

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